How do I add a new set of standards to Chalk?

Have the standards for your state been updated? Would you like a new set of standards to be added to Chalk?

Standards can be added into Chalk individually or in batch. Before requesting that standards be added, please be sure to search to see if they already exist. This article can show you how to search for existing standards.

If you want to add just a few standards, you can use the in-product feature that allows you to upload your own custom standard sets. This article will show you how to upload your own standards.

If you have a large number of standards that you want added to Chalk, simply provide them to us in the pre-defined format shown below, and we will be happy to upload them on your behalf.

Required Formatting for Standards Upload

Standards need to be formatted using the following pattern:

<Code> <Description>

For example, the Virginia Standards of Learning - Grade 8 - Civics and Economics would start like:

CE.8.1 The student will develop the social studies skills responsible citizenship requires, including the ability to
CE.8.1.a examine and interpret primary and secondary source documents;
CE.8.1.b create and explain maps, diagrams, tables, charts, graphs, and spreadsheets;
CE.8.1.c analyze political cartoons, political advertisements, pictures, and other graphic media;

The code can be any alpha-numeric identifier followed by a space and the remainder of the line will be taken as the description.

It is important that:

  • Everything before the first space is the code
  • Everything on the same line after the first space is the description
  • Each standard appears on one single line within the file and does not exceed 1,000 characters

and ideally your code:

  • Has a representation of the course subject (e.g. CE above)
  • Has a representation of the grade (e.g. 8 above)
  • Appropriately represents the hierarchy of the Standard Set (e.g. 1, 1.a, 1.b as above or 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc.)

If you're requesting multiple subjects or grades, we do ask that each individual file contains a single grade and subject. For example Grade 2 Math standards would be in one file, and Grade 2 Art standards would be in a separate file.

Here are the example files that you can use to get started:
Sample .csv file
Sample .txt file

Once completed please send them to