South Dakota Content Standards

South Dakota Content Standards serve as expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. The review, revision, development, and feedback process involves stakeholders throughout the state of South Dakota and is an ongoing and critical component to ensure South Dakota students in every classroom receive current and relevant learning experiences.

The goal is that all students will graduate college, career, and life ready.

What South Dakota Content Standards Do What South Dakota Content Standards Do Not
• Do focus on deep thinking, conceptual understanding, and real-world problem solving skills
• Do set expectations for students to be College, Career, and Life ready
• Do increase rigor and grade-level expectations
• Do Not dictate how teachers should teach
• Do Not mandate a specific curriculum
• Do Not limit advanced work beyond the standards
The South Dakota Content Standards were neither written nor funded by the Federal Government. South Dakota educators and content specialists participated in the review, revision, development, and feedback process.

Standards Revision Process
Standards Adoption Timeline

World Language and School Library
Standards Review Updates & Proposed Standards

Career & Technical Education

Education Technology Standards

English Language Arts Standards

Fine Arts Standards

Health Education Standards

Mathematics Standards
Visit the Mathematics web page for more information

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards
OSEU Exemplar Lessons

Physical Education Standards


School Library Standards
School Library Standards


Science Standards

Social Studies Standards

World Languages Standards

Other Standards
CTE Standards
English Language Proficiency Standards, Pre-K-5; 6-12
Personal Finance Standards


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