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Principal and Teacher Evaluation Systems - Even though the state pulled its flexibility waiver application, they still moved ahead with creating systems for principal and teacher evaluation. In April the evaluation committee finalized the new evaluation guidelines. Click here for additional information about the guidelines: timeline, multiple measures, standards, frameworks, etc.
Common Core State Standards Initiative - North Dakota State Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Sanstead, approved the Common Core Standards in Mathematics and English/Language Arts in June of 2011. The new content standards became effective July 1, 2013, after which all local school districts and the state's assessment system must be fully aligned to these standards. Assessment of the Common Core Standards is anticipated to begin in the 2014-2014 school year. The state chose Smarter Balance as the new state assessment. A pilot of the new state test system was conducted the spring of 2014.
State Accreditation – in the 2011 legislative session, a bill was passed to restructure the accreditation system for ND schools. The intent was to research and bring forth a new process in a bill to legislators in the 2013 session. During the 2011/2013 biennium, the NDDPI brought together educators from across the state to research different accreditation systems and offer a suggestion. The committee selected Advanced Ed as the new accreditation process. However, this was only if assurances for counselors, administrative credentials and library-media issues were addressed. We have yet to see the assurances.
In 2013 legislators passed a bill to support the implementation of Advanced Ed for the state’s new accreditation process.
Schools received training on Advanced Ed in the 2013-2014 school year. If your school is presently accredited through the state accreditation process, you do not have to transfer over to the new system until expiration of your current system.
ESEA (NCLB) Reauthorization Information/Flexibility Waiver - North Dakota pulls flexibility waiver application. According to Superintendent Baesler reasons for withdrawing the application include, "The inordinate amount of time required of our educational leaders in the waiver process, numerous unrealistic expectations carried over from No Child Left Behind, a focus on additional standards for all schools concentrating on low performing schools, and the continual delays in the application process." For more information and the official press release, click here. As of yet, ESEA has not been reauthorized. ESEA is usually reauthorized every 5 to 7 years, it is now going on 12 years.
Why did ND pull their ESEA waiver application? North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) submitted for the ESEA Flexibility Waiver on Sept. 6, 2012. DPI received word in November that the waiver was denied by DOE. DPI reconvened the State ESEA Committee to review DOEs reasons for denial. The Committee discussed and suggested changes. DPI resubmitted the amended waiver application the week of Dec. 24, 2012. To view the initial response from DOE click here. However in March 2013 the state pulled its waiver application. According to State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, the state and DOE could not come to an agreement on the % decrease in students not making proficiency. According to Baesler, the schools in ND are showing progress and will continue to show progress, but the DOE wants an accelerated rate that will only create additional pressure, stress and frustration for schools.
Remember: Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program - Since January 6, 2010. "The intent of this program is to reduce a student's loan indebtedness for individuals teaching in North Dakota at grade levels and/or in content areas identified by the Department of Public Instruction as having a teacher shortage."
--Critical Shortage Areas