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
Standards Revision Meeting Schedule


English Language Arts Standards
Common Core Standards for English Language Arts
     - Adopted 2010
Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
Visit the English Language Arts web page for more information

Fine Arts Standards
Current South Dakota Fine Arts Standards

Proposed Fine Arts Standards

        - Appendix A — Optional Pre-Kindergarten Fine Arts Standards
        - Appendix B — Proposed Fine Arts Standards arranged by Grade Level

Submit Public Comment
Comparison Document
Workgroup Overview

Proposed Adoption: May 2015

Health Education Standards
South Dakota Education Health Standards
     - Adopted 2011

K-12 Education Technology Standards
Current South Dakota K-12 Education Technology Standards
     - Adopted 2007


Proposed K-12 Educational Technology Standards
        - Appendix A – Common Core Alignment Table

Submit Public Comment
Comparison Document
Workgroup Overview

Proposed Adoption: May 2015

Mathematics Standards
Common Core Standards for Mathematics
     - Adopted 2010
Smarter Balanced Assessment Information
Visit the Mathematics web page for more information

Physical Education Standards
(New) South Dakota Physical Education Standards and Grade-level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education
     - Adopted 2014
(Past) South Dakota Physical Education Standards for K-12 Physical Education
     - Adopted 2000


Science Standards
Current South Dakota Science Standards
     - Adopted 2005
Science Extended Content Standards
Proposed South Dakota Science Standards (updated 8/21/14, Notice)

        - Appendix A – Disciplinary Core Idea Progressions
        - Appendix B – Science and Engineering Practice and
            Crosscutting Concepts Frequency Tables

        - Appendix C – Optional Engineering Design Standards

Submit Public Comment
Comparison Document
Science Standards Fact Sheet
Workgroup Overview
Science Standards Transition Plan

Proposed Adoption: May 2015

Visit the Science web page for more information

Social Studies Standards
Current South Dakota Social Studies Standards
     - Adopted 2006
Social Studies Extended Content Standards
Proposed South Dakota Social Studies Standards (Updated 03/18/15)

Submit Public Comment
Comparison Document
Workgroup Overview


Civics Questions for Naturalization Test (aligned to Proposed Standards

World Languages Standards
South Dakota World Languages Standards - Adopted 2011

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


Related Links
Smarter Balanced Assessment Information


Career & Technical Education
All South Dakota CTE Standards
All Foundational CTE Courses
    Current South Dakota Foundational CTE Courses Standards
    Work Group Application
    Meeting Dates & Locations
    Submit Feedback on Current Standards
Architecture & Construction
    Current South Dakota Architecture & Construction Standards
    Work Group Application
    Meeting Dates & Locations
    Submit Feedback on Current Standards
Education & Training
    Current South Dakota Education & Training Standards
    Work Group Application
    Meeting Dates & Locations
    Submit Feedback on Current Standards
Information Technology
    Current South Dakota Information Technology Standards
    Work Group Application
    Meeting Dates & Locations
    Submit Feedback on Current Standards
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
    *There are currently no South Dakota standards for Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
    Work Group Application
    Meeting Dates & Locations
    Submit Feedback on Current Standards
STEM
    Current South Dakota STEM Standards
    Work Group Application
    Meeting Dates & Locations
    Submit Feedback on Current Standards