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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

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

South Dakota educators and content specialists are charged with the review, revision, development, and feedback process.

Standards Revision Process
Standards Adoption Timeline
Standards Revision Meeting Schedule
Standards currently under review. Click a link to review the standards, and submit public comment.

- Fine Arts
- K-12 Technology
- Physical Education
- Science
- Social Studies


South Dakota Content Standards

English Language Arts Standards
Common Core Standards for English Language Arts
     - Adopted 2010
Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
Smarter Balanced Assessment Information
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 Health Education Standards
     - Adopted 2011


K-12 Educational Technology Standards

Current South Dakota K-12 Educational 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


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
Proposed South Dakota Social Studies Standards

Submit Public Comment




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