The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is soliciting help from educators across the state in rewriting standards for science, health, the arts and early learning.

The new standards will affect grades K-12, as well as pre-K for early learning guidelines. These instructional standards haven't been reviewed in several years, including health standards that are nearly a decade old. Earlier this year, DPI approved new math and English standards.

The process for rewriting content standards for science, health, the arts and early learning will begin early next year and will continue through the fall, according to a news release from DPI.

Four content committees will begin rewriting the standards early next year. Independent citizens committees will then review and comment on the proposed standards. There will be public comment periods after each draft of the new standards is completed.

There is no definitive date for when the standards will go into effect.

Science, health, the arts and early learning educators can apply for positions on the committees at www.nd.gov/dpi/SchoolStaff/Standards.

Members of the content committees will be paid $225 per day, plus lodging and meals. School districts and early learning programs are eligible for substitute teacher pay. Applications are due by 3 p.m. Dec. 12.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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