For Immediate Release
Jan. 13, 2017
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Baesler: New Plan A Better Way To Measure School Quality
BISMARCK, N.D., Jan. 13, 2017 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler (KEAR’-stun BAYZ’-lur) says North Dakota educators have come up with a better way of judging the state’s education quality.
Baesler is asking for public comment about the plan. It was written by a group of more than 50 North Dakota educators.
The committee has been working on the plan for more than eight months and Baesler says there is still a lot left to do.
(AUDIO: ESSA-KB10, “They wanted to focus on measuring … the progress towards improvement that our schools were making.”)
(AUDIO: ESSA-KB7, “This group of people … that the new federal law gave to states.”)
The plan is being drafted because of a new federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Baesler says the law gives states more flexibility in education policy. She says the previous law relied too much on testing to measure the success of schools and students.
(AUDIO: ESSA-KB11, “With the over-emphasis on testing … a well-rounded education were being lost.”)
Baesler says the new law allows many ways to measure progress.
(AUDIO: ESSA-KB12, “We as a state know how important … college credit while they are still in high school.”
The plan is posted on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s website. The site has a form and an email address to use for public comment.