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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.


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.


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.


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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Phase II Regional Data Training for Comprehensive & Targeted Support Schools

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 08:30 am - Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 12:30 pm

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The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and Education Technology Council (ETC) are pleased to announce the dates, times, and locations for Phase II of the Regional Data Training for Comprehensive and Targeted Support Schools. Phase II will consist of school teams being introduced and working through the A+ Inquiry model, reviewing data to inform continuous improvement plans, and taking a deeper dive into data to identify needs.