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Communication and Collaboration Create Successful Partnerships

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 03:00 pm

Categories: Blog

As it oversees the education of over 120,000 students across the state, DPI partners with many educational and noneducational entities to carry out its mission. Most people may not realize DPI is in a unique position compared to its counterparts in other states. 

“In North Dakota, DPI doesn’t oversee everything that has to do with education,” said North Dakota Assistant Superintendent Laurie Matzke. “There are many departments and organizations working together. Superintendent Baesler has, over the past eleven years, worked hard to create and strengthen partnerships so we can collaborate on projects.”


Increasing Dyslexia Awareness in North Dakota

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 03:45 pm

Categories: Blog

The need for improved screening and intervention for dyslexia led to the creation of HB1461 during the 2019 North Dakota legislative session. The bill was passed and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction received $250,000 to implement the Dyslexia Pilot Program for the 2019-2021 biennium.


Interested In Literacy? Help Write Library Standards

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 09:41 am

Categories: Press Release

North Dakota State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting library specialists, educators, and other experts to participate in revising the state’s Library and Technology academic content standards for grades kindergarten through 12.

These standards were last updated in 2012. They provide guidelines about what students should know and be able to do in each grade as they advance through elementary and secondary school.


North Dakota School Approvals Completed For 2021-2022

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 09:40 am

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday that the annual North Dakota school compliance report has been published. State law requires all North Dakota schools to submit compliance reports in order to receive state education aid.


Ebach, Kratcha Named as North Dakota's U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegates

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 08:30 am

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated two high school seniors who have been named as North Dakota’s delegates for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. The honor includes a $10,000 college scholarship and the opportunity to attend a weeklong online leadership program in Washington, D.C., next spring.


Strengthening Mental Health in North Dakota Students

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 02:00 pm

Categories: Blog

Most people have heard that mental and behavioral health struggles are increasing, especially for our youth. According to the 2019 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 61.2 percent of high school students reported their mental health was not good on at least one day during the 30 days before the survey. And, the percentage of students who have seriously considered attempting suicide, has increased from 12.4 percent in 2009 to 18.8 percent in 2019.


Where Have All the Teachers Gone?

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 03:00 pm

Categories: Blog

School districts across North Dakota have been dealing with teacher shortages for several years. And, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board declared all areas (all academic areas needing a license) as having a shortage. The preliminary results for the 2021-2022 school year show the trend continuing and even worsening in some areas.


Baesler Elected as Future President of National Education Group

Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 05:00 am

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has been chosen as president-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization that represents state education interests and manages the national Teacher of the Year award.


Baesler Announces Opportunity to Join Influential Education Board

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 08:00 am

Categories: Press Release

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is encouraging residents of North Dakota’s northern tier of counties to consider applying for the State Board of Public School Education, which plays an important role in the state’s educational system.


Celebrate Education!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Categories: Blog

Monday, November 15th kicks off American Education Week across the United States. In North Dakota, the Department of Public Instruction encourages schools to celebrate their students, teachers and the entire learning community.