North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction has established guidelines to help districts and schools improve educational outcomes for English Learners. The visualizations below represent the following performance indicators for English Learners in North Dakota’s K-12 public schools.
EL Growth: English Learner Language Proficiency Growth shows the percentage of students that are learning the English language and have met the expectations for reading, writing, and speaking English according to their respective established goals of exiting the English Language program. The student results are based upon how well English Learners progressed on North Dakota’s state assessment for English Learners (currently WIDA-ACCESS 2.0) over two years. Students are assigned a five year exit goal based upon their initial ACCESS 2.0 assessment results.
EL Exit Rate: North Dakota strives to help English Learner students attain language mastery within five years of entering an English Learner program. This chart shows the percentage of English Learner students who met the criteria to exit the program in a given year.
On Track to Complete: The percentage of English Learners on track to exit the English Learner program within 5 years of their first North Dakota ACCESS 2.0 test.
First-Year in Country: These students include English Learners who have been enrolled in a school within the United States for the first time. These students are exempt from being required to take the NDSA English Language Arts (ELA).
Students start on the growth trajectory at the composite proficiency level (PL) of their first annual English Learner Proficiency (ELP) assessment in North Dakota (currently ACCESS 2.0). This is considered year 0 or base score. Year one growth is determined after the second annual ELP assessment. The students’ trajectories will be constructed from the starting point proficiency level to the 5.0 target proficiency level over a period of years according to the table below.
||Years to Attain PL (Exit)
English Learner students in North Dakota will need to annually increase their composite language proficiency level of
the annual ELP assessment and remain at or above their established goals. English Learner students in North Dakota
will attain English proficiency (exit the program) by receiving a 3.5 proficiency level in each domain of listening,
speaking, reading, and writing and a 5.0 composite proficiency level.
To protect student privacy, data for schools who have less than 10 students will not be
In some cases, when appropriate for the purpose of transparency, information involving 10 or more students may be
displayed in ranges to avoid potential identification of students in small demographic populations. When utilized,
ranges may be represented visually with diagonal lines or open circles in lightly shaded colors.
Please contact North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction with any questions and feedback via email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org