New Learning Standards Set Expectations for Kids Starting at Birth

K-12 students have always been held to standards based on a common curriculum. Now there are new standards kids should try to meet before they even walk into their Kindergarten classroom.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction adopted early learning standards in 2013: a comprehensive set of guidelines for parents, pre-schools and other educators for a child’s learning and development, starting at birth.

The Department just revised these standards. The Director of Early Learning told us, they are by no means requirements, but a set of skills the state believes are appropriate for most kids, prior to kindergarten.

Tara Fuhrer, DPI’s Director of Early Learning explains, “It’s important to have the standards because it gives parents and professionals, working with children, a common set of expectations. So when they’re going into Kindergarten, it provides that foundation and that groundwork.”

The 2018 standards are now available online. The link to see them is below:

https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1540/FINALFINALEarlyLearningStandards7NOV2018.pdf.

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