January-February-March 2017

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On Monday, November 28, 2016, the United States Department of Education (USDE) released final regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Along with the regulations, the USDE also updated the consolidated state application template and assurances that states must complete to access federal funding under ESSA. These resources can all be accessed on the ESSA resources website.
 
The USDE has also been releasing non-regulatory guidance over the past several months on the programs funded under ESSA. You can access the online documents released to date, which include: The three ESSA subcommittees continue to meet regularly to dive deeper into the many decisions that need to be made. All handouts and the meeting minutes pertaining to the ESSA meetings can be accessed on the ESSA Planning Committee website.
 
The NDDPI anticipates having a first draft of the State ESSA Plan in late December/early January. It will be posted on the ESSA website for stakeholder review and comment.
 
North Dakota’s vision is to ensure all students in North Dakota graduate choice ready with the knowledge , skills, and disposition to be successful in whatever they choose to do, whether they pursue a post-secondary degree, enroll in a technical college, enter the workforce, or join the military. The State Superintendent has set five priority areas that guide the agency’s work in assisting students in achieving the state’s vision of being choice ready. These priorities include:
 
  • Great Teachers/Leaders – Professional Development/Mentors, ESPB Licensure, Professional Learning Partnerships with NDREAs, NDLEAD, NDUnited
     
  • Continuous Improvement – Increase Academic Proficiency, AdvancED, School Improvement Process, NDMTSS
     
  • Equity – Fiscal Equity, Teacher Equity, and Opportunities for Equitable Access and Participation for Students
     
  • Local Educational Opportunities – Well Rounded Education, Student Engagement, School Culture/Climate, Waivers, Innovative Learning
     
  • Early Childhood Education –  Office of Early Learning, Preschool Funding and Transition Supports, Pre-kindergarten Content Standards, Kindergarten Entry Assessment