BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is asking the public to comment on the state's proposal of what subjects and topics students should be proficient in prior to graduating high school.

A group of educators across North Dakota drafted a set of benchmarks in subjects such as English, math, science and social studies, in which students should be competent. The goal of the draft, called the "learning continuum," is to prioritize "skills that are crucial for a well-rounded high school graduate to have, and at what educational stages they should be mastered," according to a Department of Public Instruction release.

The North Dakota Legislature during its 2021 session approved of the "learning continuum" bill to emphasize personalized learning for each student which prioritizes competency on a subject over the amount of time spent learning about it.

Once the student is proficient in a subject, they can move on to a different one, "rather than stay in a classroom to hear information he or she already knows," the release states.

North Dakotans can view the "learning continuum" draft at this link, and submit comments about it here.

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