The ND Standards-Based Learning (NDSBL) English Language Arts (ELA) resources were created by North Dakota teachers for North Dakota teachers. State workgroups representing public, private and tribal schools and higher education institutions collaborated with the Regional Education Associations (CREA, NESC and SEEC) to draft a collection of documents that can serve as a foundation for a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
The North Dakota ELA Priority Standards are the state content standards deemed greatest priority within each grade level or course as determined by five criteria: endurance, leverage, readiness for next level of learning, assessment connection, and teacher judgement (Heflebower et al., 2020).
Each proficiency scale details a learning progression for a priority standard, with the standard represented as score 3.0 (proficient) within the scale. Scales outline the simple (foundational knowledge and skills), target and complex learning for all grade K-12 priority standards.
To further support implementation of scales in the classroom and student involvement in the learning and assessment processes, our work groups created aligned student-friendly scales. During development, format, function, and language considerations were made for students across grades K-12 while maintaining direct content and skill alignment to the teacher versions.
Finally, sample instructional plans have been added as available resources and demonstrations of priority standard groupings for unit design.
The North Dakota Priority Standards and Proficiency Scales support implementation of the North Dakota K-12 Education Content Standards.