For Immediate Release
Jan. 13, 2017
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Baesler Invites Comment On New Education Plan
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 13, 2017 – North Dakota School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler (KEAR’-stun BAYZ’-lur) is asking for public comment on a new state education plan.
The plan is needed because of a new federal education law -- called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Baesler says the law gives state and local governments more flexibility in how they measure school quality and student progress.
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She says the plan gives teachers and administrators new ways to improve their skills. It includes suggestions for measuring school improvement and for setting student achievement goals.
Baesler says public comment on the plan will be used to write a new draft – and the revised plan will also go out for public comment.
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The plan was written by a group of more than 50 educators. It has been in the works for more than eight months.