Baesler: ND School Math, English Standards to be Rewritten, Improved

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For Immediate Release
May 3, 2016
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Office 701-328-2247
Cell: 701-400-8557
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.

Baesler first announced her plan to make the standards changes last December. The writing of the new standards will begin this summer.

The process will include the appointment of two committees, made up of North Dakota educators, to write the new math and English standards, Baesler said.

Three additional review committees, made up of elected leaders, business and industry leaders, and parents and citizens, will also be chosen to review the work of the standards-writing committees and to suggest changes.

Beginning Friday, Baesler will begin taking applications for the two committees that will update and improve North Dakota’s existing  math and English standards, which are based on the Common Core. The writing committees will include elementary, middle, high school and university teachers.

“We will be producing a superior set of North Dakota standards for our public schools, written by North Dakota teachers, that establish clear and high expectations for North Dakota students,” she said.

Baesler encouraged anyone who wants to be considered for the writing or review committees to apply. An application form will be posted on the Department of Public Instruction’s website this Friday, May 6. The application deadline is June 1.

Once the math and English writing committees complete their first draft of the standards, their work will be presented to the three review committees. Afterwards, the draft standards will be open for public comment for about four weeks, Baesler said.

The comments will be part of the work of the writing committees as they prepare the second draft of the standards. After the second draft is finished, the review committees will take another look and more public comment will be collected.

Once the second round of public comment is finished, the writing committees will then finish their work and present a final draft in early 2017.

Once the new North Dakota math and English standards are completed, a state test that is aligned to the new North Dakota standards in math and English will be selected.

The test is now provided by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a group of 15 states that includes North Dakota as a governing member.

The standards and assessments section of the Department of Public Instruction’s website