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Kristi Reinke Named 2021 North Dakota Teacher of the Year

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BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 21, 2020 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday that Kristi Reinke, a social studies teacher at Jim Hill Middle School in Minot, has been named the 2021 North Dakota Teacher of the Year.


Baesler: Grant Will Ease Shortage of Special Ed Teachers

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that a new state government partnership with Minot State University will help ease North Dakota’s shortage of special education teachers.


ND Students Among Nation’s Top Performers On GEDs

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced North Dakota finished second in the nation in the percentage of General Educational Development test-takers who earned a GED diploma in the past 12 months.


School District Responsibility for Student Costs During the 2020-2021 School Year

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The following amounts will be used for the 2020-2021 school year to determine the school district responsibility (cost cap) for the education of resident students. 


Johnson, Meehl Appointed To ND Board of Public School Education

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North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Friday announced that Burdell Johnson, of Tuttle, and Sonia Meehl, of Oakes, have been appointed to the state Board of Public School Education.


Trust Fund Payment for ND Schools Rising

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Common Schools Fund provides more than $1 billion for schools over 10 years.


Grande, Randall, Wetch Are Finalists for ND Board of Higher Education

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that three potential appointees for North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education have been forwarded to Gov. Doug Burgum for his consideration.


EduTech, DPI announce Code.org Professional Learning Program Open for Registration

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State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and EduTech Director Rosi Kloberdanz today announced a Code.org Professional Learning Program beginning in June for middle school teachers and July for high school teachers. There is also a program available for elementary teachers.


Baesler Announces Opportunity for Public Service in Education

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday invited applications for two openings on the Board of Public School Education, which facilitates cooperation among the state’s various K-12 education organizations.


Baesler: Eight Candidates Apply for ND Board of Higher Education

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that eight candidates have applied for a future vacancy on North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education.


Order Improves Ability of ND Schools To Manage Pandemic Expenses

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Gov. Doug Burgum has granted State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s request for an executive order that allows North Dakota’s schools to keep larger financial reserves to pay expenses from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Survey Seeks Public Comment About Use of Education Aid

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North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking for public suggestions about the best uses for federal education aid that was recently approved by Congress.


Wentz, Duhamel, Tigirlily to Headline ND Class of 2020 Celebration

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Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Friday that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, actor Josh Duhamel and Nashville recording artists Tigirlily will participate in a May 30 statewide celebration of North Dakota’s high school Class of 2020.


Baesler Announces $41.8M in Grants to Strengthen Student Literacy

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced that 20 North Dakota education sites have been awarded $41.8 million in grants, to be distributed over five years,
to help students across the state improve their skills in reading, writing and speaking.


Burgum, Baesler Announce Summer School, Testing Options

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Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that beginning June 1, North Dakota schools will be allowed to host a number of activities, including summer school and college admissions testing.


School Facilities May Be Used for ND Graduations

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday that Gov. Doug Burgum is allowing North Dakota’s schools to use school property for high school graduation ceremonies.


Baesler Says Statewide ‘Virtual Graduation’ Planned

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that a “virtual graduation ceremony” will be broadcast and livestreamed across North Dakota May 30 as a special opportunity to honor North Dakota’s Class of 2020.


Perfect! Baesler Congratulates ND Seniors Who Earned 36s on ACT Exam

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Friday congratulated nine North Dakota seniors who earned perfect 36 composite scores on their ACT exams during their time in high school.


Baesler: ND Schools Will Share $33M For COVID-19 Issues

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has secured $33 million for North Dakota schools that was included in recent, sweeping federal legislation approved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Baesler Applauds Presidential Scholar Semifinalists

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler praised seven North Dakota high school seniors who were named as semifinalists for Presidential Scholar honors, which is one of the nation’s most prestigious education awards.


Baesler's Work Gives Schools Flexibility, Local Control In Using Aid

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State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler successfully pushed the U.S. Department of Education to agree to grant North Dakota’s schools more local control and flexibility in managing federal aid that benefits students from low-income homes.


Candidates Sought For New ND Board of Higher Education Vacancy

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday asked North Dakotans to apply for a state Board of Higher Education seat that is coming open July 1.


State Superintendent, Governor seek testing waiver

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State School Superintendent and Gov. Doug Burgum have collaborated on a request to the U.S. Department of Education to waive all federally mandated student assessments for the 2019-20 school year.


Governor Burgum issues Executive Order for Distance Learning to Count Towards Instructional Hours

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Governor Burgum, with State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, provided updated guidance to K-12 school districts after the governor on Sunday ordered schools closed this week to slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide time to gather more data, better assess coronavirus testing and treatment capability, and allow school districts to plan for educating their students in the event of an extended COVID-19 pandemic.


Burgum: K-12 schools won’t have to make up instructional time from coronavirus-related closure

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Gov. Doug Burgum today announced that K-12 schools which were closed this week by executive order will not have to make up the instructional time later this school year.


Burgum orders K-12 schools to close for one week in effort to slow spread of COVID-19

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BISMARCK, N.D. – By executive order, Gov. Doug Burgum today ordered the closure of North Dakota K-12 schools in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 based on guidance from public school superintendents, medical experts and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH).  


COVID-19 March 15 5:45 pm Update

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Update from ND Superintendent Kirsten Baesler: The situation is constantly evolving. North Dakota leaders have been meeting around the clock since Friday afternoon. 


COVID-19 March 15 12:30 pm Update

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Update from ND Superintendent Kirsten Baesler: I am aware of the Minnesota directive to close schools this week.


COVID-19 March 13 Update

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ND State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Governor Doug Burgum say the governor will not order the state’s schools closed for now, because information about the presence of COVID-19 in North Dakota does not justify that step. There has been one confirmed COVID-19 case in Ward County, and there have been no documented cases of spread within a community.


ND Presidential Scholar Nominees Announced

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State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated 64 North Dakota high school seniors who have been nominated for United States Presidential Scholar honors.

The scholars were chosen from 20 public and four nonpublic high schools. Bismarck Century has the most nominees, with 13, while Grand Forks Central had 10. Fargo’s Davies and North high schools have six nominees each.


Applications Open for Summer Food Service Program

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The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is seeking applications from organizations interested in operating North Dakota’s Summer Food Service Program. It provides meals to children when school is not in session.


North Dakota U.S. Senate Youth Program Winners Chosen

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Megha Bharadwaj, a junior at Bismarck’s St. Mary’s Central High School, and Rachel Goven, a senior at Turtle Lake Mercer High School, have been chosen to take part in the U.S. Senate Youth Program in March. The honor includes a $10,000 college scholarship.


Schools, Early Care Providers Encouraged to Apply For Literacy Grants

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State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday encouraged North Dakota school districts and early childhood care providers to apply for grant funds that will help strengthen the reading, writing and speaking skills of the state’s young people.

A legislative committee last week gave the Department of Public Instruction permission to begin distributing funds from the $43.9 million U.S. Department of Education grant.

School districts and early childhood care providers may apply for a share of the money, which will be distributed over five years. Training sessions on how to fill out grant applications will begin Jan. 14. The application deadline is March 1.


Baesler Announces Results of Youth Risk Behavior Survey

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State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Monday that new survey information about the health behavior of high-school students shows they are drinking less and using less tobacco.

Fewer high school students reported being bullied electronically or personally at school in the survey, which was taken last spring. Fewer young people neglected to buckle up when riding in vehicles, the survey said. "These trends are moving in the right direction and are things we can and should celebrate," Baesler said.


Baesler Announces 2020 School Administrator Conference Days

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State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved a request from the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders to designate Oct. 22-23, 2020, as days during the 2020-21 school year when classes, sports events and practices, and other school activities may not be held.


Dyslexia Screening Grants

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State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Monday that three school organizations have been awarded almost $230,000 in grants to explore the best ways to identify and serve young North Dakota students who have dyslexia. The groups represent 19 school districts.


Lexile and Quantile Hub

Check out the new Lexile and Quantile Hub! Find new and enhanced tools that fit your needs.


Baesler: New School Information on ND Education Dashboard

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BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 4, 2019 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Friday that a new year’s worth of North Dakota school performance and accountability information has been integrated into the state’s “education dashboard” website.


Leadership Professional Development Opportunities

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NDDPI is pleased to announce funding support for existing and upcoming leadership professional development opportunities designed specifically to meet the individual needs of school leaders across the state.


Betsy Ames - 50 Years of Service

What does it take to be an incredible school board leader? Betsy Ames has served for 50 years!


ACT Seeking Participants

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ACT, Inc. and MetaMetrics, Inc. are conducting an important research study this fall to link the Lexile and Quantile Frameworks with the ACT Reading and Mathematics scales.


Two Graduates Receive Perfect ACT Score

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Millicent Schwartz, a Grand Forks Red River graduate, and Seth Benson, a graduate of West Fargo Sheyenne High, both earned perfect 36 composite scores on the ACT.


Choice Ready Update

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Choice Ready is an element in the North Dakota accountability system to measure whether our high schools prepare students to be ready for success upon graduation.


Big Moves in Computer Science Education

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More than 90% of parents want their child’s school to teach computer science, but only 35% of high schools, nationally, teach it. Considering the lack of student access along with the obvious benefits, concerted efforts have been made over the past couple of years to address the lack of computer science as a part of our North Dakota students’ educational experience. 


2018-2019 School Accountability Reports Released Soon

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Under ESSA, state education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state. The school accountability reports outline how schools are performing on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.


Baesler Congratulates Students Who Aced the ACT Exam

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North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday praised two North Dakota high school students who scored a perfect 36 on their ACT college entrance exams.


School Districts Responsibility for Students Costs During the 2019-20 School Year

The following amounts will be used for the 2019-2020 school year to determine the school district responsibility (cost cap) for the education of resident students.


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2020 Northern Plains Law Conference on Students with Disabilities

Monday, October 5, 2020 at 08:00 am - Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 05:00 pm

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Cognia Virtual Continuous Improvement Institute

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 08:00 am - 04:00 pm

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