April-May-June 2016

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First State ESSA Committee Meeting Completed

“With great opportunity comes great responsibility.”  Those were the words expressed to the North Dakota Every Student Succeeds Act Committee by State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler.  The committee convened for the first time on Tuesday, May 17th to begin to chart its course in drafting our state accountability plan. 

The forty-seven member committee broke into subgroups based on seven categories or buckets that are identified as necessary components of North Dakota’s state plan.  The buckets are teacher and learner quality, assessment, accountability, school improvement, funding, English Language Learners, and innovation. The subgroups begin to work on the plan by discussing these four questions: What is our vision for the North Dakota 2030 graduates? What should the state continue to do to make our vision possible? With the vision in mind, what does the state need to stop doing? What value or options speak loudest to you at this time? The highlights of the results of those discussions may be accessed on our NDDPI website

Dr. Mark Elgart, from AdvancED, ended the day’s planning session.  He presented to the group several quality factors necessary to take into account when developing a state accountability plan that is based on continuous school improvement, student growth, support, and monitoring.  Dr. Elgart suggested giving schools a three year implementation period to engage in this journey and to set valid data points and periodic evaluation during the three year process.

The North Dakota ESSA committee will tentatively plan to meet monthly with the projected final draft completion date of January, 2017 in mind.