Supporting the North Dakota Academic Standards Revision Process
Problem Statement: ESSA requires that all students have high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers, and meeting this requirement necessitates maintaining up-to-date content standards. ND content standards for the arts (dance, drama, music, and visual) were last updated in 2000, health standards were last updated in 2008, and science standards were last updated in 2006. Given that recommendations from national education associations in these content areas have changed in recent years, ND DPI wishes to update the standards to ensure rigorous, relevant learning expectations for all students. ND DPI needs assistance to help prepare for the standards revision process, facilitate standards revision committees in each content area, document recommendations made by each committee, and submit draft and final standards documents.
Purpose: NCCC will: 1) collaborate with ND DPI and CSAI staff to establish the standards revision process and identify resources, 2) generate standards revision committee meeting materials including agendas, 3) facilitate standards revision committee meetings for K-12 science, health, and the arts (4 meetings per content area totaling 12 meetings), 4) document decisions made by standards revision committee members to include recommendations for revising content standards and updating the standards revision process, and 5) submit draft and final standards documents to ND DPI.
Priority Area: Improved materials and assets
ND DPI has 1) a process for standards revision that can be replicated for other content areas; and 2) updated standards in the content areas of the arts (dance, drama, music, and visual), health, and science that reflect rigorous, relevant learning expectations.
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