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Introduction to the
South Dakota Education Standards



South Dakota Education 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 Education
Standards Do
What South Dakota Education 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 Education 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
Public Comment: Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, K-12 Technology




South Dakota Education 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


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


Science Standards
Current South Dakota Science Standards
     - Adopted 2005
Proposed South Dakota Science Standards
     - Public Comment
     - Workgroup Overview
     - Science Standards Transition Plan
Visit the Scienceweb page for more information


Social Studies Standards
Current South Dakota Social Studies Standards
     - Adopted 2006
Proposed Social Studies Standards
     - Public Comment
     - Workgroup Overview


Fine Arts Standards
Current South Dakota Fine Arts Standards Proposed Fine Arts Standards
     - Public Comment
     - Workgroup Overview
Proposed Adoption: May 2015


K-12 Education Technology Standards
Current South Dakota K-12 Education Technology Standards
     - Adopted 2007
Proposed K-12 Education Technology Standards
     - Public Comment
     - Workgroup Overview
Proposed Adoption: May 2015


World Languages Standards
South Dakota World Languages Standards
     - Adopted 2011


Health Standards
South Dakota Health Standards
     - Adopted 2011


Physical Education Standards
Current South Dakota Physical Education Standards
     - Adopted 2000
Proposed South Dakota Physical Education Standards
     - Public Comment
     - Workgroup Overview
Proposed Adoption: September 2014


Other Standards

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