K-12 Standards, Curriculum, & Instruction

SC&I Division Organization

Click the icon to visit the official site for Public Schools of North Carolina, the authoritative source for the NCSCOS approved by the NC State Board of Education.

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 Division provides leadership for equity and access to support and tools for standards and program implementation, collaboration and engagement with internal and external stakeholders, (including cross-area work groups around materials adoption/alignment, assessments, district and regional support), and professional learning and support for grades K-12 in order to realize the State Board of Education vision that every public school student in North Carolina will be empowered to accept academic challenges, prepared to pursue their chosen path after graduating high school, and encouraged to become lifelong learners with the capacity to engage in a globally-collaborative society. The Division is organized in four primary sections, as illustrated on the left.

SC&I Division Websites

New NCDPI Website

The new NCDPI website went live on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at 6 p.m. The new site replaces the NC Public Schools website (http://www.ncpublicschools.org/). Anyone accessing the previous website will be redirected to the new site’s URL: https://dpi.nc.gov/. Read more about how to access information and resources from SC&I.

SC&I Supplementary Google Sites

Click the icons below to access the content or program area sites managed by each area. These sites are supplemental to the official NC Public Schools website, which is the authoritative source for all standards and policies approved by the NC State Board of Education.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)'s supplemental 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.

*Note: Each area below is in the process of transitioning to Google Sites to provide this supplemental resource for stakeholders. Check back often for updated links to the new Google Sites as they go live.

Arts Education
character education
dual language immersion
english language development
nc healthy schools
social studies
Specialized instructional support
world languages

Public Announcement: K-12 Social Studies Draft 1 - Public Review

In an effort to ensure that ALL of our stakeholders have an opportunity to provide feedback on draft one of the proposed Social Studies Standards the survey window has been extended through February 15, 2020. By February 3rd, DPI Social Studies Consultants will create preliminary crosswalks between the approved standards and the draft one proposed standards for high school courses. These crosswalks will demonstrate at a standards level the proposed changes in alignment with legislation and policy and will provide potential content examples. These resources will be available on the google site and links will be shared as soon as they are available. Please keep in mind that there will likely be at least one, probably two additional sets of revised draft standards for public review and feedback prior to approval by the State Board of Education.

Please share the announcement below and encourage all interested parties to review the proposed standards and share their thoughts. The external writing and review teams will utilize survey data, focus group data, and other stakeholder feedback to make changes for draft two. Draft two of the proposed standards will be available for public review and comment in the spring.

Public Announcement: K-12 Social Studies Draft 1 - Public Review - *EXTENDED*

Per SBE policy SCOS-012, the standards revision process is feedback-based, research-informed, improvement-oriented, and process driven. The NCDPI K-12 Social Studies Team is deeply committed to ensuring that the Revision Process include the consideration of all concerns posed by educators in the schools and local districts.

The public feedback survey for Draft 1 opened on December 13, 2019 and will close on February 15, 2020. Each course, kindergarten through high school, has its own individual survey. The feedback provided from these surveys will be used in conjunction with input from teachers and social studies specialists from North Carolina Public Schools to create Draft 2 of the standards.

Link: Standards Revision Survey

For more information, please contact: Dr. Lori Major Carlin, Section Chief, K-12 Social Studies and Arts Education; 919-807-3836 (Phone); lori.carlin@dpi.nc.gov