Dashboard Improvements Make New Education Data Easy To Find

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Office: 701-328-2247
Cell: 701-400-8557
Email: dewetzel@nd.gov  

BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 20, 2018 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said data about North Dakota’s student demographics, school finances and college enrollment are included in the most recent update to the state’s education dashboard.

The dashboard uses charts and graphs to present education data in formats that are easy to read and comprehend. Visitors may look up statewide data and information about specific schools and school districts. The dashboard may be viewed at https://insights.nd.gov/Education.

"The dashboard offers a more comprehensive picture of our schools that parents, school community members, and other interested North Dakotans may use to look up details on how their education dollars are invested," Baesler said.

"We also welcome suggestions about what other kinds of education data North Dakotans would like to see as part of the dashboard," Baesler said.

The dashboard can be used to look up school enrollments and attendance rates; graduation rates for individual high schools; the education backgrounds of teachers; school spending; and student performance information for both the North Dakota State Assessment for English and math and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The NAEP test is administered nationally every two years, and its results have been nicknamed "America’s Report Card."

Baesler said North Dakota schools are using the information to draft plans on how they can improve student learning opportunities. The dashboard is designed to be a dynamic and powerful communication tool, and it will provide additional information as its development continues, she said.

The dashboard is a joint project of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, the North Dakota Information Technology Department, the North Dakota University System, and Otis Educational Systems Inc., an education data analysis company.

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