The graph displays the participation rate reported as the percentage of students who took North Dakota’s required state assessments (NDSA) or an alternate form of the assessment for the subjects of English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science. Each year, all students attending North Dakota’s public schools in grades 3-8 and 11 are required to complete the NDSA. The participation rate is calculated by dividing the total number of students who were tested by the number of students who should have taken the state assessments in the tested grades. Students who participated include those who answered a sufficient number of questions in the state assessments to receive a score on the test. North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction works with public school districts to ensure that all of North Dakota’s students take the required state assessments and are proficient in each of the assessed subjects.
*Note: Federal law requires schools to have a 95% participation rate. North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction worked with key stakeholders across the state to provide school districts the flexibility to select one of two options in the administration of high school assessments for accountability: administration of the NDSA / NDAA in grade 10 or administration of the ACT / NDAA in grade 11. Starting with the 2017-2018 school year, the data below for high schools represents the school’s state assessment participation for students in the respective grades tested for accountability. If the filter for grade 10 is selected, the data will be inclusive of the NDSA and NDAA grade 10 results. If the filter for grade 11 is selected, the data will be inclusive of the ACT and NDAA grade 11 results.
You can select a previous year using the drop down menu in the gray area. To view participation by demographics, click the By Demographics button above the graph.
Some students may take the test for one subject but not the other(s). Students who participate but for various reasons do not complete the testing process (e.g., illness), are still counted as having participated. Certain students may take an alternative assessment and not participate in NDSA. This may include students with disabilities or students with limited English proficiency who have attended schools in the U.S. for less than 12 months.
To protect student privacy, data for schools who have less than 10 students will not be displayed.
Please contact North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction with any questions and feedback via email to the following address: email@example.com