Baesler Seeks North Dakotans’ Insight on Learning Standards

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
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Baesler Seeks North Dakotans’ Insight on Learning Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., March 12, 2018
– State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler wants parents, teachers, business people and other education advocates to consider serving as independent reviewers of proposed new North Dakota learning standards for health, science, early learning and the arts.

Later this month, groups of North Dakota educators are finishing the first drafts of updated class content standards in the four subjects. Once they are completed, they will be forwarded to four separate independent citizen committees for review and comment, Baesler said. The draft standards will also be opened for general public comment.

Baesler is seeking applicants for the independent review committees for the arts, science, health and early learning standards. Each subject will have its own review committee. The panels will review all drafts of the standards and suggest changes. The standards themselves are being written by four separate groups of North Dakota teachers.

Application forms are available on the Department of Public Instruction’s website. Applications are due April 10. Baesler said the committees are expected to meet at least twice, during separate days in May and July.

“In crafting these new standards, we are using a transparent process that gives North Dakotans a number of opportunities to suggest changes and improvements to them,” Baesler said. “We want North Dakota parents and taxpayers to have a voice in what these standards say.”

Baesler said the process is similar to what was used in writing North Dakota’s new classroom content standards for math and English. Baesler approved those new standards last April, and they are now being used in North Dakota schools.

“We want to give North Dakotans who are interested in education the opportunity to have a hand in writing these new standards for health, science, early learning and the arts,” Baesler said. “This is a great chance to help review these standards, which are building blocks for the education of our young people.”