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April 30, 2015

North Dakota Looking to Expand on ESSA

September 19, 2018

According to KFYR TV, North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction is looking to expand its ESSA work. As part of its initial plan, the DPI “created an online data base and the Choice Ready program, which gets students ready for college, work or military after...

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Slightly More Than Half of ND Students “Engaged,” According to Survey

January 20, 2018

As reported by the Bismarck Tribune, a survey conducted by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction – in accordance with the state’s ESSA plan – found that 55 percent of participants reported they were “engaged in their schoolwork.”

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North Dakota School Districts Switching to ACT from Statewide Assessments

December 4, 2017

The Associated Press reports that a dozen state high school districts are switching to the ACT from state assessments for both math and English, because of ESSA’s requirement to “reduce testing time and to administer a test that ‘matters’ to students.”

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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Dept. of Ed Approves ND’s ESSA Plan

September 1, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved North Dakota’s ESSA plan. The department highlighted the state’s “Choice Ready” framework “that will measure how effectively schools are preparing students for success after high school,”  and its use of a survey “incorporating student responses to measure the extent to...

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ND Education Stakeholders Meets to Discuss Updates to ESSA Plan

August 14, 2017

In response to federal feedback, the North Dakota Dept. of Public Instruction met to discuss updates and changes to the state’s ESSA plan. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler commented that the meeting went “really well,” and “she and the ESSA planning team applauded the DOE’s response,...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Releases Feedback on AZ, ND, and VT’s ESSA Plans

August 10, 2017

The Dept. of Education released feedback on Arizona, North Dakota, and Vermont’s ESSA plans. As reported by Education Week, Arizona “will need to change the way that science factors into its accountability system.” North Dakota “needs to do a better job of explaining how student...

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Dept. of Ed Responds to ND’s Proposed ESSA Plan

August 7, 2017

The Dept. of Education responded to North Dakota’s proposed ESSA plan. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler noted that “Education Department officials have requested additional information on several parts of the state’s plan, and the department’s evaluation of the plan and notes from the expert peer reviewers...

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Education Week Profiles North Dakota’s ESSA Plan

May 17, 2017

According to Education Week, “North Dakota officials are bracing for a fight with the federal Education Department,” when it comes to their ESSA plan. Some experts say the state’s plan pushes the envelope on flexibility in that, “school districts would not be required to identify...

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ND Legislature Proposes New Bill

March 13, 2017

Under ESSA, the North Dakota Legislature is proposing a new bill that would allow districts to submit plans to the Dept. of Public Instruction for “education innovation programs that reflect their schools’ individual needs.” According to the Bismarck Tribune, “the bill reflects a sentiment among area educators that control...

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ND Dept. of Ed Releases State’s First Draft ESSA Plan

January 13, 2017

The North Dakota Dept. of Education released the state’s first draft plan for ESSA implementation. The 79-page plan is available to for public review and comment.

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Trump Presidency Unlikely to Change ND’s Academic Standards, Says Baelser

November 14, 2016

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler “doesn’t believe there will be much change to state education standards when Donald Trump takes office.” The main question Baesler is faced with is if the new administration will “modify rules” or “start all over with the negotiated rules...

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State Superintendent Baesler Shares ND’s ESSA Plans

September 16, 2016

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler testified before the Legislature’s Interim Education Committee in Bismarck on ESSA implementation. She noted that work groups are now putting the states ESSA plan together that stated that she “wants to submit it to the federal Department of Education by next...

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Top ND Education Officials Meet to Discuss State’s Education System Under ESSA

September 7, 2016

Top education officials met at the United Tribes Technical College’s annual Tribal Leaders Summit to discuss what’s at stake for North Dakota’s education system under ESSA. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, told the audience that rewriting North Dakota’s state plan...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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