North Dakota: College and Career Policies

The North Dakota Education Standards and Practice Board oversees the teacher certification process within the state.

The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA), beginning in 2014-15, and extending for the next couple years will be administered in two parts: 1.) Science in grades 4, 8, and 11 during the fall, and 2.) English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 during the spring.

In order to become a certified teacher in North Dakota, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree, complete a state approved teacher preparation program, hold a GPA of 2.5, and pass state examinations.

North Dakota updated the social studies standards in 2007.

The Education Standards and Practices Board shall set the standards by which educator preparation programs are approved.

These include:
-1 credit of US history;
-1/2 credit of US Government;
-1/2 unit economics or 1 unit of problems and democracy; and,
-1 unit of any other social studies course.

To be approved, teacher preparation programs must follow the guidelines outlined for student teaching, college supervisors, cooperating teachers, and the program approval standards.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction has full authority to adopt standards.

North Dakota has standards 10 different content areas including English language arts, English language proficiency, foreign languages, health, math, library/technology literacy, library and technology content standards, physical education, science, and social studies.

Renewal requirements vary based on the license.

North Dakota updated the English language arts standards in 2011. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

North Dakota has standards 10 different content areas including English language arts, English language proficiency, foreign languages, health, math, library/technology literacy, library and technology content standards, physical education, science, and social studies.

This includes a sequence of literature, composition, and speech.

The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA), beginning in 2014-15, and extending for the next couple years will be administered in two parts: 1.) Science in grades 4, 8, and 11 during the fall, and 2.) English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 during the spring. Beginning in 2014-15, the NDSA, English language arts and mathematics assessments will be based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s model, a multi-state effort to design meaningful performance based assessments.

North Dakota updated the math standards in 2011. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA), beginning in 2014-15, and extending for the next couple years will be administered in two parts: 1.) Science in grades 4, 8, and 11 during the fall, and 2.) English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11 during the spring. Beginning in 2014-15, the NDSA, English language arts and mathematics assessments will be based on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s model, a multi-state effort to design meaningful performance based assessments.

These credits include:
-1 unit of physical education, or 1/2 unit of physical education and 1/2 unit of health;
-3 units of language, fine arts, or CTE; and,
-5 additional unspecified credits.

North Dakota has standards 10 different content areas including English language arts, English language proficiency, foreign languages, health, math, library/technology literacy, library and technology content standards, physical education, science, and social studies.

Educators must complete 4 semester hours of reeducation credit to renew their license

North Dakota has standards 10 different content areas including English language arts, English language proficiency, foreign languages, health, math, library/technology literacy, library and technology content standards, physical education, science, and social studies.

The North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction has full authority to adopt assessments.

North Dakota follows the Learning Forward standards of learning communities, leadership, resources, data, learning designs, implementation, and outcomes.

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. In 1995, the ESPB became an independent board with the responsibility of teacher licensure, teacher education program approval, professional development and professional practices. As an independent board, no state dollars are received and the board carries out its duties funded by the licensure fees of the educators in North Dakota. The state's authorized an independent board of ten educators, administrators, school board members, and teacher educators. The board is appointed by the Governor to two 3-year terms. (As of 1/20/15 new teacher evaluation guidelines were listed as "coming soon" on state website.

North Dakota release a draft of the updated Next Generation Science Standards in 2014.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction developed an educator evaluation system that may be used by districts, or districts may develop their own.

This includes:
-1 credit in Physics;
-1 credit in Biology; and,
-1 unit or 2 half units in any other Science.