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NDDPI to Seek Test Limit Waiver
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 14, 2017 – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction plans to ask the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from federal rules that limit how many students may take alternative state assessments in math and English. The department is seeking public comment on this request. Comments must be submitted by Nov. 30.

ND Waiver Application for ACT Peer Review Schedule
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 7, 2017 – The State of North Dakota intends to grant Local Education Agencies the flexibility to administer the ACT for school accountability in high school as a replacement for the North Dakota State Assessment. In order to allow school districts to administer the ACT for high school accountability in spring 2018, this waiver application to the US Department of Education requests an extension to the time period required for submission of documentation that demonstrates the ACT meets the requirements for peer review under ESEA.

Baesler: $28M Grant Will Strengthen ND Student Literacy
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 9, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a $28.8 million federal grant will help strengthen reading, writing and comprehension skills for North Dakota students and preschoolers.

Baesler To Update Members of Congress on Education Law Progress
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 2, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler was scheduled to brief members of Congress, reporters and representatives of education groups on Monday about North Dakota’s progress in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Baesler, Burgum Name ND Teacher of the Year
FARGO, N.D. Sept. 28, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday named Leah Juelke, an English Language (EL) instructor at Fargo South High School, as the North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2018.

Baesler Praises ND Blue Ribbon Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 28, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is praising three Cass County schools for being named as “National Blue Ribbon Schools” for 2017.

Survey To Help ND Indian Students
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 21, 2017 – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction distributed a Native American Needs Assessment on Thursday to school leaders and teachers in the 29 schools that serve the state’s Native American students and communities.

Baesler Announces Cass County Teacher of the Year Finalists
CASS COUNTY, N.D., Sept. 18, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that three Cass County school teachers have been chosen as finalists for the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Award.

Baesler: Minot Teacher Is Finalist for Teacher of the Year
MINOT, N.D., Sept. 14, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that Lynae J. Holmen, a special education teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Minot, is a finalist for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.

ND Waiver Application Process
September 13, 2017 – Request to waive the period of availability of the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Title VI, grants for state assessments and related activities, within Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Baesler: Jamestown Teacher Is Finalist For Teacher of the Year
JAMESTOWN, N.D., Sept. 11, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that Jamestown teacher Heather Tomlin-Rohr had been chosen as a finalist for the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Award.

Baesler Praises Approval of New North Dakota Education Plan
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 1, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved North Dakota’s plan to replace the outdated No Child Left Behind education law. The new plan emphasizes academic improvement for all students and has better measurements of school quality, as well as transparency and accountability for North Dakota parents and taxpayers.

Baesler: Partnership Strengthens Math, Science, English Education
BISMARCK, N.D., July 25, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said more than 180 North Dakota teachers from across the state are sharpening their classroom skills this week at a workshop dedicated to improving their ability to teach math, science and English.

Baesler: DPI, Ag Dept to Promote North Dakota Foods
BISMARCK, N.D., July 17, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the Department of Public Instruction and the state Agriculture Department will team up this fall to encourage schools and child-care centers to serve more North Dakota-produced food.

Indian Education Summit Offers Help, Inspiration
BISMARCK, N.D., July 10, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s fourth Indian Education Summit will feature presentations on culturally relevant school instruction, ways to improve academic results for Native American students, and techniques for teaching students who are under traumatic stress.

ND Has ‘Foundation to Do Great Things’ in Education
BISMARCK, N.D., June 8, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, educators and state lawmakers expressed optimism Thursday that a new state law will foster innovative school projects, which will inspire students and position North Dakota as a national leader in education.

State Test Results Available More Quickly to ND Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., May 26, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said school administrators and teachers now have quicker access to student test results, which may be used to make improvements to classroom instruction in the future.

Baesler: ND Sees Jump in High School Advanced Placement Exams
BISMARCK, N.D., May 24, 2017 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a Department of Public Instruction initiative that was supported by the Legislature has dramatically increased the number of North Dakota high school students who are doing advanced coursework.

Bismarck Students Honored For Community Science Project
BISMARCK, N.D., April 11, 2017 -- Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday presented a Department of Public Instruction education innovation award to Simle Middle School teacher Ryan Townsend’s science students.

Baesler Approves New ND Math, English Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., April 7, 2017 –State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is pleased and excited to announce that she has signed and approved the new math and English standards presented to her from the teacher standards writing committees last month. The new standards are ready for North Dakota teachers and students to use in classrooms this fall.

Teacher shortage loan forgiveness program accepting applications
Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota University System began accepting applications for the 2016-17 teacher shortage loan forgiveness program today, Monday, April 3. The application process will close May 3.

ND Teacher Shortage Persists; Student Loan Relief for Teachers Available
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 22, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said teacher shortages exist in 14 subjects in North Dakota, a finding that will make instructors in those subjects eligible for student loan relief and other benefits.

Baesler: Bill Would Encourage Education Innovation
BISMARCK, N.D. Feb. 16, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler joined a group of legislators and  education leaders Thursday to support approval of SB2186, a bipartisan bill that would give school districts more freedom to use innovative ways to help students learn.

Baesler Seeks Comment On Education Improvement Plan
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 15, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is seeking public comment on North Dakota’s almost-completed plan for complying with the new Every Student Succeeds Act federal education law.

Fargo, Bismarck Summer Children’s Meals Programs Honored
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 13, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that the Bismarck school district and the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties have been honored for almost doubling the participation in last summer’s meals program for children.

Kirsten Baesler Statement About U.S. House Action on Federal ESSA Rules
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 11, 2016 – The U.S. House has voted to block U.S. Department of Education regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal education law that Congress approved in December 2015.

Oban Chosen as Board of Higher Education Finalist
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 10, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Friday said a nominating committee has chosen Shawn Oban of Bismarck as one of three finalists for a seat on North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education.

NDDPI Seeking Applications for Summer Food Service Program
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 31, 2017 – 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.

Math, English Standards Available for New Review
BISMARCK, N.D, January 25, 2017 -- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that drafts of North Dakota’s proposed new math and English learning standards are now available for a second round of public comment.

Six Finalists Chosen for ND Board of Higher Education Seats
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 19, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that six finalists have been chosen for two seats on North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education.

Baesler Invites Comment On New Education Plan -1
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 12, 2017 – Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that the first draft of North Dakota’s new state plan to improve education is available for public review and comment.

Ten Apply For ND Board of Higher Education
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 11, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that 10 people have applied for two openings on North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education.

Baesler Announces DPI Fall Educators’ Conference Dates

BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 23, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has announced that the 2017 North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Fall Educators’ Conference will be held Oct. 11-13, 2017.

The annual event offers workshops and training sessions to help teachers share knowledge and hear information about how to improve their skills. The 2016 conference, which was held last October, featured more than 120 small breakout sessions.

The conference will begin Wednesday night and end early Friday afternoon. It will be preceded by a separate, one-day conference on dropout prevention strategies, which will be held during the day on Wednesday.

Details about the agendas of the two events will be announced later.

Baesler: Office Switch Will Help Early Childhood Education
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 12, 2016 – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) and the North Dakota Department of Human Services on Monday announced the transfer of the North Dakota Head Start State Collaboration Office from Human Services to NDDPI.  The change will help strengthen and clarify how early childhood education services are provided in North Dakota.  

Baesler Invites Applications for ND Board of Higher Education
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 8, 2016 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Thursday she is seeking applications for two future vacancies on the State Board of Higher Education.

Baesler Sets Aside Days For 2017 School Administrators’ Convention
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 15, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved an official request from the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders to designate Oct. 19-20, 2017, as days that school and school activities may not be held.

New Superintendent’s Student Cabinet Chosen
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 10, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 20 North Dakota young people have been named to her Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, whose members offer opinions and advice from a student perspective about educational policy and opportunity.

Baesler Praises ND Student Performance in National Science Exam
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 27, 2016– North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the state’s fourth and eighth graders ranked in the top five among states in a science exam given as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

A Vision for North Dakota’s Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 26, 2016 -- In North Dakota, we have a proud tradition of local control of education. We elect our school board members and put our trust in them. We have a chance to reinvigorate this tradition as we go about the task of implementing a new federal education law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Closing the Achievement Gap!
The North Dakota Rural Education Research Alliance (NDRERA) has been working with Research Educational Laboratory or (REL Central) to identify rural districts that have closed the achievement gap for low socio-economic students.

Fall Conference Offers Learning Opportunities for Teachers, Baesler Says
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 10, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said this week’s North Dakota Fall Educators Conference offers “outstanding opportunities” for teachers to share knowledge and hear information on improving their skills.
Baesler: State Scholarships Invest in ND Young People
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 16, 2016 -- Lake Region State College student Maria Hawkins hopes to become a nurse practitioner when she completes her college education, and the North Dakota Scholarship Program is helping her to reach her goal.

Baesler Invites Public Comment on New Math, English Standards
BISMARCK, N.D, Sept. 9, 2016 -- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to comment on the state’s proposed new English and math learning standards. The standards, which are being written by North Dakota teachers, will be used to guide instruction in the state’s elementary and secondary schools. The comment deadline is Oct. 14.

Baesler Invites Applications for Student Cabinet
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 1, 2016–- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking North Dakota young people to apply to join her Student Cabinet. The group will provide Baesler with their ideas and opinions about how to improve North Dakota education.

Baesler Invites North Dakotans To See Education Reform Documentary
BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 26, 2016 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to attend a free showing of “Most Likely to Succeed,” an award-winning, thought-provoking documentary on education reform. It will be shown in seven North Dakota communities over 11 days, from Aug. 29 through Sept. 8.

Baesler: Trust Fund Helps Local Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 25, 2016 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said she is grateful that a state trust fund is expected to increase its support for North Dakota education by $80.5 million in the next two years, which may be the largest increase in state history.
Master’s Degree Offers New Path for Classroom Teachers
BISMARCK, N.D., Aug. 22, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is optimistic that a new degree program at Valley City and Mayville State universities will help ease North Dakota’s teacher shortage by encouraging mid-career professionals in other fields to go into the classroom.

Baesler: First Draft of New Math, English Standards Due This Week
BISMARCK, N.D., July 28, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said two groups of North Dakota educators have almost completed their initial draft of new math and English content standards for the state’s public school classrooms.

Authors, Student Panel Featured At Indian Education Summit
BISMARCK, N.D., July 11, 2016 – Cultural traditions, tribal history and the academic experiences of tribal college students will be among the subjects discussed at the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s annual Indian Education Summit this week. Baesler: DPI Offering Help In Streamlining Tests
BISMARCK, N.D., July 8, 2016 -- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the Department of Public Instruction is offering assistance for schools to evaluate whether their student testing can be reduced and streamlined.

Several North Dakota Teen Risk Behaviors Lower than National Average
In-school bullying higher than other US high schools

BISMARCK, N.D., July 7, 2016 – On June 9th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the national results for the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).  This report allows for comparison of ND high school data to that of the rest of the nation’s high schools. 

ND Waiver Application Process

Summer Feeding Program provides free lunches in our community to all ages!

Meals will be served at various locations in Bismarck and Mandan during the week starting in June and ending sometime in August. Volunteers and funds for some meals are still needed; contact Missouri Slope Areawide United Way.

Baesler Reminds Teachers of Standards Committee Deadline
BISMARCK, ND, May 31, 2016 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is reminding North Dakota educators about a Wednesday deadline to apply for two committees that will be updating the math and English standards that are used in the state’s classrooms.

Revised Statement by Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction, About Federal Guidance on Transgender Rights in Schools, May 17, 2016

Statement by Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction, About Federal Guidance on Transgender Rights in Schools, May 13, 2016
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is reviewing the guidance released on Friday, May 13, by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Education about the rights of transgender students. We will be discussing the guidance with the North Dakota assistant attorney general assigned to our agency.

Applications Available For ND Math, English Standards Committees
BISMARCK, N.D., May 6, 2016 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that applications for North Dakota’s math and English standards writing and review committees are available on the Department of Public Instruction’s website.

Baesler: ND School Math, English Standards to be Rewritten, Improved
BISMARCK, N.D., May 3, 2016– School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Tuesday that North Dakota teachers will rewrite North Dakota’s math and English content standards, based on the Common Core.

Panel Endorses Three For ND Board of Higher Education
BISMARCK, N.D., May 2, 2016 – A nominating committee on Monday recommended three finalists for Gov. Jack Dalrymple to consider for an appointment to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education.

Baesler: ND Migrant Education Program Has Nation’s Top Student
BISMARCK, N.D., April 14, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a summer migrant education program in northeastern North Dakota has the nation’s top student for the second straight year.  

21st Century Community Learning Centers Tydings Waiver Request
BISMARCK, N.D., April 5, 2016 -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday said the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (ND DPI) is applying for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Tydings waiver.

Now’s Your Chance: Apply for the ND Board of Higher Education
BISMARCK, N.D., March 30, 2016 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday she is seeking applications for a pending vacancy on the state Board of Higher Education.

Baesler Urges Teachers To Seek Student Loan Aid
BISMARCK, N.D., March 30, 2016 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday encouraged North Dakota teachers who have student loan debts to take advantage of a state program that will help them pay their obligations.

Baesler: Survey of Educators Planned on ND English, Math Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., March 28, 2016 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Monday the Department of Public Instruction will begin surveying North Dakota teachers and administrators this week about how well the state’s new English and mathematics standards are working.

North Dakota Waiver Application Request Memorandum of Public Notification
On behalf of the State of North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will submit a waiver application request, specified below, to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) regarding section 1111(b)(3)(C)(ii) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

Baesler: ND English, Math Testing Going Smoothly
BISMARCK, N.D., March 23, 2016 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday she is pleased about initial reports that this year’s North Dakota State Assessment is going well for students.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Competition
Bismarck, ND – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler announces the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant competition for school year 2016-2017.

Survey: ND Leads Nation In Public Support for Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., March 14, 2016 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday applauded the results of a Gallup poll that shows North Dakotans have the most positive views of public education in the nation.

Benefit Helps ND Students Save Money, Earn College Credit
BISMARCK, N.D., March 7, 2016 – North Dakota high school students may take at least one Advanced Placement test at no cost under a plan announced Monday by School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Sen. Tim Flakoll, the chairman of the North Dakota Senate’s Education Committee.

Baesler Names Matzke as New Assistant Superintendent
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 16, 2016 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has promoted Laurie Matzke to assistant superintendent, where she will oversee Department of Public Instruction programs that support students, teachers, and multicultural education.

Baesler Celebrates Opening of New Watford City High School
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 15, 2016 – North Dakota school superintendent Kirsten Baesler celebrated the opening of Watford City’s new high school Monday, calling it a demonstration of the power of community cooperation.

Baesler: Need $6,000 For College? Here’s How To Get It
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 15, 2016 -- High school seniors may qualify for up to $6,000 for college tuition expenses by applying for a North Dakota Scholarship, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said.

ND Students Among Nation’s Best On GED Exams
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 11, 2016 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Thursday that North Dakota students recorded one of the nation’s highest success rates last year on the General Educational Development battery of tests.

Baesler Applauds ND Presidential Scholar Candidates
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 9, 2016 -- State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 65 North Dakota high school students have been named as potential Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for a high school student.

Baesler: School Aid Safe From Budget Cuts
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 2, 2016 School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Monday that a 4.05 percent state budget cut will not impact North Dakota local school district funding.  As approved by the 2015 Legislature, the Department of Public Instruction’s 2015-17 budget includes almost $2 billion in state aid to school districts. The amount includes $1.92 billion in per-student aid payments, $57 million in transportation assistance, and $17.3 million for schools’ special education costs.

North Dakota Students, Teachers To Benefit From National Math + Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program
BISMARCK, ND (December 10, 2015) -- The National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program (CRP) today announced its expansion into North Dakota schools with an investment of up to $13 million from ExxonMobil, on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. CRP empowers school communities to improve participation and success in rigorous coursework to better prepare students for college and the STEM-intensive careers of the 21st century. NMSI will partner with districts across the state over the next several years to enhance teacher effectiveness and student performance.

Baesler: More than 200 Teacher Positions Unfilled
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 4, 2016 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 204 teacher openings remain unfilled during the current school year, an illustration of the seriousness of the state’s teacher shortage.

Baesler: 35 School Districts Getting $5.4M In Enrollment Growth Grants
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 14, 2015 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said 35 North Dakota school districts have received $5.4 million in grants, which the North Dakota Legislature set aside to help them cope with unusually high enrollment growth.

Baesler: New Law Restores Education Authority to States
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 9, 2015 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Wednesday that a sweeping new federal education law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, takes important steps to restore control of North Dakota education policy to local and state officials, where it belongs.

Science Standards Status
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 25, 2015 – The drafting to update the North Dakota Science Standards has been paused since the first draft occurred in 2014. Supt. Baesler hopes to reconvene the full standards committee in the fall of 2016.

Baesler Nominates North Dakota Presidential Scholars for 2016
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 25, 2015 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has nominated 25 North Dakota high school seniors to compete for the distinction of being named as a Presidential Scholar, which is one of the nation’s most distinguished academic awards. 

Baesler: ‘Essential Understandings’ Will Help Academics, Cultural Awareness
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 24, 2015 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a resource document about the history and cultural heritage of North Dakota’s American Indian tribes will be distributed to schools as part of her “Indian Education for All” initiative.

ND Student Campaign To Help Build School In Dominican Republic
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov.17, 2015 – Students at several North Dakota schools are holding a fundraising campaign this month to help build a school in an impoverished community in the Dominican Republic.

Baesler Hires New Assistant School Finance Director
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 6, 2015 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Friday that she has hired Adam Tescher as the Department of Public Instruction’s assistant director for school finance.

Survey Shows Drop In Harmful Youth Behavior
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 2, 2015 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Monday that a newly published survey of North Dakota high school students showed a substantial drop in tobacco use, as well as less binge drinking and prescription drug abuse.

North Dakota School Approvals Completed For 2015-16
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 29, 2015 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has published its annual compliance report for the 2015-16 school year.  It lists schools that meet state legal requirements.

Baesler Notes ND Gains on ‘Nation’s Report Card’
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 28, 2015 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s fourth and eighth grade students improved their national reading rankings in the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Baesler Announces North Dakota State Assessment Results
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 27, 2015 -- School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday announced the first release to schools of test scores from the new North Dakota State Assessment, which was first administered to students in the spring of 2015.

Baesler: North Dakota teacher plan approved
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 22, 2015 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Education has approved North Dakota’s state equity plan.  Baesler Effort Will Cut Costs, Reduce Bureaucracy
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 13, 2015 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a special committee will explore whether some education data reporting requirements can be streamlined or eliminated, which would save school districts time and money.

Statement of Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction, on the passing of Kindred school bus driver Cathryn Jostad on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015:
“I am deeply saddened about the news of the death of Kindred school bus driver Cathryn Jostad. Mrs. Jostad’s dedication to her job and the safety of her passengers is an example for all of us. North Dakota’s public school system relies on people like her to bring our students to school and to return them home safely. Mrs. Jostad did this job superbly for many years, in all weather conditions. She had the trust and support of Kindred’s children and their parents alike. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, and to the students, parents and school personnel who are mourning the loss of Mrs. Jostad today.”

Baesler: Valley City’s Washington Elementary Named Blue Ribbon School
VALLEY CITY, N.D., Sept. 29, 2015 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated Washington Elementary School of Valley City on Tuesday for being recognized as one of the nation’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Schools.

North Dakota School and District Program Improvement Data Released
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 25, 2015 -- The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) released today the list of schools and districts identified for Title I program improvement for the 2015-2016 school year. This information is based on results of the 2014-2015 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all public schools and districts in North Dakota.

ND Schools Surpass Assessment Participation Goals
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 18, 2015 – Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that North Dakota schools exceeded state goals for participation in the North Dakota state assessment during the 2014-15 school year.

Baesler Supports Fewer ND Student Tests (9/14/2015)
BISMARCK N.D., Sept. 14, 2015 – North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says her new task force on student assessments will explore how to reduce the number of tests given in the state’s classrooms, while still providing needed information about students’ academic progress.
Assessment Task Force Member List August 2015

Baesler Gets Compensation for ND Testing Problems (8/28/2015)
BISMARCK N.D., – Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota will recover more than $316,000 as compensation for problems that some schools had earlier this year in administering new state assessments in mathematics and English.

Baesler Teacher Shortage Task Force Proposal Adopted (8/3/2015)
BISMARCK N.D., – North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler’s teacher shortage task force on Monday proposed giving school districts that are having difficulty hiring teachers the authority to request a hardship waiver.

Baesler Appoints Task Force On Student Assessments (8/3/2015)
BISMARCK N.D., -- Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler on Monday appointed a task force to study policy on student assessments, which are used to measure the academic progress of North Dakota students. Baesler Unveils New ND Physical Education Standards (7/17/2015)
BISMARCK N.D., – North Dakota Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved new state standards for physical education, which cover everything from basketball and soccer skills to the proper habits for keeping healthy as an adult

Baesler Lauds Senate Approval Of New Federal Education Law (7/16/2015)
BISMARCK N.D., – North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler on Thursday praised the U.S. Senate’s vote to approve a new version of the No Child Left Behind federal education law.
 
Baesler: New Partnership Will Improve Math and Science Education (7/15/2015)
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler on Wednesday announced a new partnership that will improve the quality of math and science education in the state and ensure that students are college and career ready.

Baesler Congratulates Math, Science Teaching Excellence Award Winners (7/06/2015)
BISMARCK N.D., – Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler congratulated two North Dakota teachers for winning Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which is the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers in grades kindergarten through 12.

Baesler ‘Understandings’ Project To Be Highlighted At Indian Education Summit (7/06/15)
BISMARCK N.D., – Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s second Indian Education Summit will feature students from a Lakota language immersion class, a panel discussion that includes Indian high school students, and keynote speeches from two top federal Indian education officials.

Baesler: New Academic Support Director Will Improve Student Instruction (6/28/2015)
BISMARCK N.D., – Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler has promoted Ann Ellefson to be the Department of Public Instruction’s new director of academic support, where she will supervise a number of initiatives to provide North Dakota students with more resources and opportunities.