Using an inclusive and collaborative process, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the Strategic Vision for PK-12 Education Steering Committee have developed a Strategic Vision Framework to define the strategic work of the department over the next five years. Resources and staff efforts have been aligned toward these strategic initiatives.
Long-term outcomes for students
- Increase students who enter kindergarten prepared to learn and increase the number of kindergarten classrooms that meet the needs of every learner
- Increase students who demonstrate reading proficiency in 3rd grade
- Increase students who meet expected learning gains each year
- Increase students who engage in learning
- Increase students who graduate Choice Ready
- Reduce the disparity in achievement for students with disabilities, students in poverty, and Native American students
Focused effort within these strategic themes
- Quality early childhood experiences
- Support for safe and healthy behaviors
- Career awareness, exploration, and development
- Quality education personnel
- Quality student-centered instruction
The ND K12 Education Coordination Council assists in the implementation, dissemination, and communication of the statewide strategic vision and evaluates progress toward meeting the following identified aspirational goals and strategies (each correlates with a long-term outcome listed above):
- At this time, a measurable goal cannot be recommended due to the lack of a system of reliable and valid statewide measures to assess students who enter kindergarten prepared to learn, as well as a system to monitor early childhood experiences in the state. The ND K12 Education Coordination Council encourages the ND Department of Health and Human Services Early Learning Division to build a system of reliable and valid measures to aid kindergarten teachers in meeting the needs of every learner.
- By the 2025-26 school year, the percentage of students who are proficient or above on the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) reading subdomains will double from the 2020-21 school year.
- By the 2025-26 school year, the percentage of students who meet expected learning gains in English language arts (ELA) and math will increase by 10 percentage points. In 2021-22, reassess whether the measurable goal is realistic through a review of data and revise the goal as needed.
- By the 2025-26 school year, the statewide behavioral engagement score will be 150 points. In 2021-22, reassess whether the measurable goal is realistic through a review of data and revise the goal as needed. Two points were awarded for the percentage of Committed students and one point was awarded for the percentage of Compliant students.
- By the 2029-30 school year, all students graduating high school with the traditional diploma will graduate Choice Ready. The Choice Ready rate will increase 5.4 percentage points each school year for 10 years to match the traditional graduation rate.
- Reduce the number of students in Novice and Partially Proficient for students with disabilities by 12% each year for 5 years and for Native American and low-Income students by 25% each year for 5 years.