Standard Course of Study

The North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) defines the appropriate content standards for each grade or proficiency 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 are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each school year or course.

The NC State Board of Education policy, SCOS-012, requires that each content area’s standards be reviewed every five-to-seven years to ensure the NCSCOS consists of clear, relevant standards and objectives.

Extended Content Standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies are posted by content area. Unpacking documents and essential standards are available at the links in the accordion below.

The Quick Reference Guide for The North Carolina Standard Course of Study is a resource for teachers as they plan instruction to implement the North Carolina Standard Course of Study across multiple content areas. There are nine Quick Reference Guides available – one for each of the grade levels from kindergarten through 8th grade. The inclusion of standards for all subject areas within single, grade-specific documents is intended to make planning for instruction more efficient and may be particularly useful for educators teaching multiple disciplines or collaborating to plan integrated instruction.  These guides may downloaded from the link below or ordered through NCDPI Publications.  

Quick Reference Guides

 

Arts Education

Arts Education

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2010, with required implementation for schools in 2012.  For information and resources specific to Arts Education, please see the Arts Education Google Site.

Computer Science

Computer Science

Computer Science standards are coming in 2020. 

CTE and Career Pathways

CTE and Career Pathways

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2017, with required implementation for schools in 2018.   For information and resources specific to CTE and Career Pathways, please see the CTE and Career Pathways page.

English Language Arts

English Language Arts

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2010, with required implementation for schools in 2012.  For information and resources specific to English Language Arts, please see the English Language Arts Google Site

English Language Development

English Language Development

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2008, with required implementation for schools in 2009.  For information and resources specific to English Language Development, please see the English Language Development Google Site

Guidance

Guidance

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2010, with required implementation for schools in 2012.  For information and resources specific to Guidance, please see the Guidance Google Site

The support documents included here are in alphabetical order, not student developmental order. The appropriate developmental order of the Guidance Essential Standards K-12 are:

  • RED - Readiness/Exploratory/Discovery
  • EEE - Early Emergent/Emergent
  • P - Progressing
  • EI - Early Independent
  • I - Independent
Healthful Living

Healthful Living

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2010, with required implementation for schools in 2012.  For information and resources specific to Healthful Living, please see the NC Healthy Schools Google Site

Information and Technology

Information and Technology

The current state Information & Technology Essential Standards (ITES) were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2009, with piloted implementation for schools in 2010. 

The Digital Learning Standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2019 and will replace the ITES, with required implementation for schools in 2020.  For information and resources specific to Digital Learning, please see the Digital Teaching and Learning page.

Mathematics

Mathematics

The current state content standards for Math I, II, and III were adopted by the NC State Board of Education in 2016, with required implementation for schools the same year.  The current state content standards for K-8 were adopted by the NC State Board of Education in 2017, with required implementation for schools in 2018.  The current content standards for AFM, PreCalculus, and Discrete Math were adopted by the NC State Board of Education in 2003. For information and resources specific to Mathematics, please see the K-12 Mathematics Google Site

Science

Science

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2010, with required implementation for schools in 2012.  For information and resources specific to Science, please see the Science Google Site

Social Studies

Social Studies

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2010, with required implementation for schools in 2012.  For information and resources specific to Social Studies, please see the Social Studies Google Site

World Languages

World Languages

The current state content standards were approved by the NC State Board of Education in 2010, with required implementation for schools in 2012.  For information and resources specific to World Languages, please see the World Languages Google Site