North Dakota

College and Career Ready Definitions
North Dakota has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Attendance rate
  • Four-year graduation rate
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
State School Report Card1
Youth Risk Behavior Survey2
Perkins Consolidated Annual Report3
CTE enrollments3
CTE concentrators:3
     o Number of concentrators by pathway
     o Students reaching targeted level of skill attainment
     o Students completing
     o Students graduating
     o Students entering postsecondary education or advanced training, military service, or employment within two quarters following graduation
Dropout rate1
Suspension/expulsion rate1
Youth Risk Behavior Survey results2
Students enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school1
Students competitively employed within one year of leaving high school1
Students enrolled in any other type of postsecondary education/training or employed in any other type of employment1
1. North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). State report card. Retrieved from
2. North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. (n.d.). Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Retrieved from
3. North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education. (2014). Perkins consolidated annual report. Received from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

North Dakota state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school, a postsecondary institution, or virtually. All public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

North Dakota is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).


Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

North Dakota has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework and has organized CTE programs into 19 program areas. These program areas are based on state workforce requirements.

North Dakota has approved programs of study in the following Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). North Dakota [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education. (n.d.). Program areas. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In North Dakota, the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is a tool that allows educators to plan, monitor, manage, and evaluate student achievement by identifying student needs and applying research-based interventions based on student needs. North Dakota's ILP is in use but is not mandated by the state.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:


3.0 (at the level of Algebra I or above)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (U.S. history [1.0]; U.S. government [0.5] and economics [0.5] or Problems of Democracy [1.0]; and from among civics, civilization, geography and history, multicultural studies, North Dakota studies, psychology, sociology, and world history [1.0])


Science Credits:

3.0 (including biology and physical science)


Foreign Language Credits:

See Additional Credits

None specified (N/S)

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

9.0 (including physical education with or without health; select from among foreign or Native American languages, fine arts, or career and technical education [3.0]; and electives [5.0])


Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education

North Dakota State University





Early Warning Systems
North Dakota may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.