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Baesler: New ‘Dashboard’ Useful for Parents, Taxpayers
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. xx, 2017 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says a new “school dashboard” will offer North Dakota parents and taxpayers an easier way to look up information about how their local schools are performing.
Baesler: Grand Forks West Elementary Named ND Distinguished Title I School
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 13, 2017 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said West Elementary School in Grand Forks has been named as North Dakota’s Title I Distinguished School for the 2017-18 school year.
North Dakota Students Remain at Risk for Health-Related Behaviors
State Youth Risk Survey Results Released
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 5, 2017 -- State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Tuesday that a newly published survey of North Dakota high school student health behavior revealed positive trends in several areas.
Baesler: Take the "Hour of Code" Challenge
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 4, 2017 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to take part in an "Hour of Code" to mark the start of Computer Science Education Week, which began Monday and ends Dec. 10.
Baesler Sets Aside 2018 Convention Days For School Administrators
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec. 1, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has approved a request from the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders to designate Oct. 18-19, 2018, as days when classes, athletic events and other school activities may not be held.
New Standards Process Begins for Science, Health, Arts, Early Learning
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 27, 2017 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is asking North Dakota educators to help review the state’s academic standards for each of the content areas of science, health, the arts, and early learning.
North Dakota School Approvals Completed For 2017-18
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 22, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Wednesday that the Department of Public Instruction has published its annual school approval report for the 2017-18 school year. State law requires all North Dakota schools to submit a compliance report to the NDDPI by Oct. 1.
Jamestown High Principal Wins Prestigious Milken Award
JAMESTOWN, N.D., Nov. 21, 2017 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler congratulated Jamestown High School Principal Adam Gehlhar on Tuesday for receiving the prestigious Milken Educator Award, which has been described as the “Oscar of teaching.”
Baesler Explains Changes in Professional Development Days
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 18, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has sent a statement to North Dakota school districts to answer recent questions about how they may schedule educator professional development days during the school year.
NDDPI to Seek Test Limit Waiver
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 14, 2017 – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction plans to ask the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver from federal rules that limit how many students may take alternative state assessments in math and English. The department is seeking public comment on this request. Comments must be submitted by Nov. 30.
ND Waiver Application for ACT Peer Review Schedule
BISMARCK, N.D., Nov. 7, 2017 – The State of North Dakota intends to grant Local Education Agencies the flexibility to administer the ACT for school accountability in high school as a replacement for the North Dakota State Assessment. In order to allow school districts to administer the ACT for high school accountability in spring 2018, this waiver application to the US Department of Education requests an extension to the time period required for submission of documentation that demonstrates the ACT meets the requirements for peer review under ESEA.
Baesler: $28M Grant Will Strengthen ND Student Literacy
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 9, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a $28.8 million federal grant will help strengthen reading, writing and comprehension skills for North Dakota students and preschoolers.
Baesler To Update Members of Congress on Education Law Progress
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 2, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler was scheduled to brief members of Congress, reporters and representatives of education groups on Monday about North Dakota’s progress in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Baesler, Burgum Name ND Teacher of the Year
FARGO, N.D. Sept. 28, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and Gov. Doug Burgum on Thursday named Leah Juelke, an English Language (EL) instructor at Fargo South High School, as the North Dakota Teacher of the Year for 2018.
Baesler Praises ND Blue Ribbon Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 28, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is praising three Cass County schools for being named as “National Blue Ribbon Schools” for 2017.
Survey To Help ND Indian Students
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 21, 2017 – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction distributed a Native American Needs Assessment on Thursday to school leaders and teachers in the 29 schools that serve the state’s Native American students and communities.
Baesler Announces Cass County Teacher of the Year Finalists
CASS COUNTY, N.D., Sept. 18, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that three Cass County school teachers have been chosen as finalists for the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Award.
Baesler: Minot Teacher Is Finalist for Teacher of the Year
MINOT, N.D., Sept. 14, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that Lynae J. Holmen, a special education teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Minot, is a finalist for the North Dakota Teacher of the Year award.
Baesler: Jamestown Teacher Is Finalist For Teacher of the Year
JAMESTOWN, N.D., Sept. 11, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Monday announced that Jamestown teacher Heather Tomlin-Rohr had been chosen as a finalist for the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year Award.
Baesler Praises Approval of New North Dakota Education Plan
BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 1, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Friday that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved North Dakota’s plan to replace the outdated No Child Left Behind education law. The new plan emphasizes academic improvement for all students and has better measurements of school quality, as well as transparency and accountability for North Dakota parents and taxpayers.
Baesler: Partnership Strengthens Math, Science, English Education
BISMARCK, N.D., July 25, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said more than 180 North Dakota teachers from across the state are sharpening their classroom skills this week at a workshop dedicated to improving their ability to teach math, science and English.
Baesler: DPI, Ag Dept to Promote North Dakota Foods
BISMARCK, N.D., July 17, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the Department of Public Instruction and the state Agriculture Department will team up this fall to encourage schools and child-care centers to serve more North Dakota-produced food.
Indian Education Summit Offers Help, Inspiration
BISMARCK, N.D., July 10, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said North Dakota’s fourth Indian Education Summit will feature presentations on culturally relevant school instruction, ways to improve academic results for Native American students, and techniques for teaching students who are under traumatic stress.
ND Has ‘Foundation to Do Great Things’ in Education
BISMARCK, N.D., June 8, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, educators and state lawmakers expressed optimism Thursday that a new state law will foster innovative school projects, which will inspire students and position North Dakota as a national leader in education.
State Test Results Available More Quickly to ND Schools
BISMARCK, N.D., May 26, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said school administrators and teachers now have quicker access to student test results, which may be used to make improvements to classroom instruction in the future.
Baesler: ND Sees Jump in High School Advanced Placement Exams
BISMARCK, N.D., May 24, 2017 – School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said a Department of Public Instruction initiative that was supported by the Legislature has dramatically increased the number of North Dakota high school students who are doing advanced coursework.
Bismarck Students Honored For Community Science Project
BISMARCK, N.D., April 11, 2017 -- Gov. Doug Burgum and State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Tuesday presented a Department of Public Instruction education innovation award to Simle Middle School teacher Ryan Townsend’s science students.
Baesler Approves New ND Math, English Standards
BISMARCK, N.D., April 7, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is pleased and excited to announce that she has signed and approved the new math and English standards presented to her from the teacher standards writing committees last month. The new standards are ready for North Dakota teachers and students to use in classrooms this fall.
Teacher shortage loan forgiveness program now accepting applications
Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota University System began accepting applications for the 2016-17 teacher shortage loan forgiveness program today, Monday, April 3. The application process will close May 3.
Baesler: Bill Would Encourage Education Innovation
BISMARCK, N.D. Feb. 16, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler joined a group of legislators and education leaders Thursday to support approval of SB2186, a bipartisan bill that would give school districts more freedom to use innovative ways to help students learn.
Baesler Seeks Comment On Education Improvement Plan
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 15, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is seeking public comment on North Dakota’s almost-completed plan for complying with the new Every Student Succeeds Act federal education law.
Fargo, Bismarck Summer Children’s Meals Programs Honored
BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 13, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Monday that the Bismarck school district and the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties have been honored for almost doubling the participation in last summer’s meals program for children.