K-12 STANDARDS,
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

DIRECTOR :: Tiffany Perkins

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STANDARD COURSE OF STUDY

North Carolina's Standard Course of Study defines the appropriate content standards for each grade level and each high school course to provide a uniform set of learning standards for every public school in North Carolina. These standards define what students know and should be able to do.

Based on a philosophy of teaching and learning that is consistent with current research, exemplary practices, and national standards, the Standard Course of Study is designed to support North Carolina educators in providing the most challenging education possible for the state‚Äôs students. The goal of these standards is to prepare all students to become career and college ready.

With these standards as the foundation, local school leaders make decisions about the comprehensive curriculum that they choose to deliver to students so that they can reach the content standards for every grade and subject. In addition, local schools and districts may offer electives and coursework that is above and beyond the NC Standard Course of Study's content standards. Classroom instruction is a partnership between the state, which sets content standards in the Standard Course of Study, and local educators who determine which curriculum materials they will use to deliver instruction to reach the standards.

STANDARDS AREA


STATE STANDARDS RESOURCES


SELECTED LINKS

Extended Content Standards
The State Board of Education approved new Extended Content Standards based on the State Common Core Standards and the State Essential Standards. These will be operational for the 2012-13 school year. Questions regarding the Extended Content Standards should be directed to the Exceptional Children division.

Occupational Course of Study
The State Board of Education approved new Standards for the Occupational Course of Study based on the State Common Core Standards and the State Essential Standards. These will be operational for the 2012-13 school year. Questions regarding the Occupational Course of Study should be directed to the Exceptional Children division

Career- and College-Readiness for All Students: North Carolina's Transition to the New NC Standard Course of Study, 2010-2014
This document outlines the state's transition steps toward implementing the new Standard Course of Study.
(pdf, 7.6mb)

Quick Reference Guides for the NC Standard Course of Study, Grades K-8
The Quick Reference Guides for The North Carolina Standard Course of Study serve as resources for K-8 teachers as they plan instruction to implement the North Carolina Standard Course of Study across multiple disciplines. The Reference Guides contain the standards and objectives for all of the Common Core State Standards, North Carolina Essential Standards, and North Carolina Extended Content Standards.

Graduation Project: Standards of Quality and Verification Process for High School Accountability
(pdf, 543kb)

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready.

ACT Resources for North Carolina

State Literacy Plan
(pdf, 1007kb)