Providing a clear and rigorous set of expectations


Content standards provide the framework of expectations for student knowledge and skills. They lay the foundation for learning. In South Dakota, the state Board of Education is charged with adopting content standards.

The South Dakota Common Core standards are specific to the content areas of English language arts and mathematics. They are based upon research and align to expectations for college and career readiness in the 21st century.

English Language Arts Standards
Math Standards

There are six major shifts within each of the two subject areas that outline some of the biggest differences between the Common Core standards and those being used prior to that time.

English Language Arts Shifts
Math Shifts

Curriculum, on the other hand, details how the standards should be taught and includes resources, materials and instruction. In South Dakota, local school districts decide how to teach and implement the standards, including the selection of instructional practices and materials.

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