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The primary purpose of the K-12 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction Division is to serve as the authoritative source for the review, revision, and support for implementation of state content standards in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in the areas of Arts Education (Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts), English Language Arts, English Language Development, Guidance, Healthful Living (Health and Physical Education), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages.

The Division additionally supports multiple legislative and grant-related programs, initiatives, and reporting requirements, related to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); Title III, Part A (English Language Acquisition); Title V (Sexual Risk Avoidance); CDC Physical Activity, Physical Education, Nutrition, and Chronic Disease Management; Specialized Instructional Support Personnel; and state legislative and policy requirements related to areas such as Character Education, English Learners, Global Education, Healthy Active Children, Middle School Athletics, and STEM.


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)'s supplemental google sites are intended to be a resource for educators, administrators, institutions of higher education, and other interested parties. These sites contain links to standards, instructional tools, professional development, and other resources related to implementing the NC Standard Course of Study, as well as related areas and initiatives supported in the K-12 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction Division and NCDPI. Please visit the SC&I Division Google Site to access additional information and links to all areas' sites supported through the division.


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 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's 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. Click on the links below to access the State Board of Education approved content standards for each NCSCOS area:



The State Board of Education policy SCOS-012 defines the Process for the Review, Revision, and Implementation of the NC Standard Course of Study (SCOS) (Approved March 2018). The policy ensures a system for standards review, revision, and implementation that promotes transparency and stakeholder engagement and unifies and formalizes the standards development process, which is:

  • Feedback-Based
  • Research-Informed
  • Improvement-Oriented, and
  • Process-Driven.

The NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will review the standards for each content area every five to seven years to ensure the NCSCOS consists of clear, relevant standards and objectives. The standards Review, Revision, and Implementation process provides a comprehensive study of each content area organized by grade level, proficiency level, and/or course. The five-to-seven-year cycle allows time for review, revision, and consistent implementation of the standards. Alignment with the statewide assessment program, extended content standards, and materials adoption will be addressed throughout the process, as appropriate.
Areas currently under Exploration for Revision:

  • Information and Technology Standards
  • 4th Level Math Standards


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) remains committed to providing communication to Chief Academic Officers (CAOs) and Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) Leaders throughout the state. NCDPI is taking a collaborative approach across all academic areas to ensure CAOs and C&I Leaders receive information and updates, as well as opportunities for professional learning and collaboration, throughout the year. One way NCDPI provides communication to North Carolina CAOs and C&I Leaders is through the C&I Leaders Listserv Update; this communication is sent two times a month. Please visit the SC&I Division Google Site to access additional information and archived editions of the update.