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The Assessment Unit within the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction supervises the development and management of the State’s challenging academic content and achievement standards, the development and implementation of the North Dakota State Assessment general forms, and the development and implementation of the State’s academic accountability system, as required under State and Federal law. The Unit administers federal Title I Section 1111(b)(3) and Title VI programming provided for within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Unit manages the statewide administration of the biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading and mathematics. The Unit administers various scholarship and award programs, including the Milken Teachers Award, the Presidential Math and Science Scholarship Award liaison, Teacher of the Year program, and U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship program.

The Federal Title VI, Part A subpart 1 Program provides funding to states to design, develop, implement, administer, report, and evaluate the state’s assessment programs in English language arts, mathematics and science at selected grade levels. These funds supplement the state-funded assessment program and are used to improve the state’s unified assessment and accountability system. Title VI funding provides resources to advance the state’s data analyses efforts, the generation and reporting of annual adequate yearly progress and profile reports for every school, district, and the state, and the advancement of performance-based research for statewide school improvement activities.

Assessment Unit Contact Information

2018-2019 State Testing Dates

2019-2020 State Testing Dates