Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state assessments were not administered and therefore data for student achievement and student growth are not available for the 2019-2020 school year.
Based upon North Dakota's waiver approved by U.S. Department of Education, North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction did not calculate the Accountability Index for schools for the 2019-2020 report cards. Furthermore, Choice Ready data was not collected for the 2019-2020 school year. The School Support Status is based upon school performance results for the 2018-2019 school year.
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) School Accountability Report Cards and Dashboard provide accessible, meaningful, and actionable information to educators, families, and communities about public schools across the state. The reported measures were selected to both meet federal requirements and address the needs and desires of diverse stakeholders, who contributed to the design and implementation of the new reports. North Dakota public education is rooted firmly in the belief that all schools should be engaged in a cycle of continuous improvement. The information provided by the School Accountability Report Cards highlights areas of strength and celebration, while also identifying room for growth and improvement.
These measures were selected by local stakeholders to align with the core value that all students should graduate from North Dakota schools Choice Ready; meaning they have the skills, knowledge, and opportunities to successfully transition into a post-secondary pathway of their choosing (e.g., college, workforce, military). The accountability indicators act as checkpoints to ensure that schools are serving students in a variety of areas, with the ultimate goal of cultivating Choice Ready graduates.
- Graduation Rate: High school graduation is an important milestone for students, enabling them to choose a path aligned with their skills and passions. This measure examines the four-year cohort graduation rate for students.
- Completer Rate: Students take multiple pathways to post-secondary success, including attainment of a GED. This measure recognizes all students graduating with a high school diploma in a given school year and those completing GED requirements prior to age 22.
- Growth in ELA and Math: Students demonstrate academic success in multiple ways. The growth measure examines how schools are helping student get - or stay - on track to ensure readiness for post-secondary success.
- English Learner Proficiency (ELP) Growth: The ELP measure provides valuable information on how schools are supporting English Learners in attainment of English proficiency within anticipated timeframes.
- Student Engagement: Each year, students complete a Student Engagement Survey to provide valuable feedback about their learning experiences. This measure highlights the degree to which students demonstrate three types of engagement: Committed, Compliant, and Disengaged. Beginning in 2021-2022 academic year, districts will receive full credit for Committed and half credit for Compliant.
- State Assessment Proficiency: Performance on annual assessments provides insight into student’s strengths and preparedness for the next course or grade. This measure highlights the percentage of students performing at proficient or advanced levels on state assessments.
- Choice Ready Rate: Readiness for post-secondary success is a core value for North Dakota public education. This measure celebrates the multiple pathways students take after graduation (college, workforce, military) and how schools are preparing students to have agency and choice in selection of their path.
- School Support: Federal law requires school accountability measures to identify categories of schools that necessitate additional support to meet improvement goals. These include Comprehensive Support and Targeted Support schools. However, North Dakota believes that all schools can improve and aims to provide support to all schools. Therefore, all schools across the state receive general support to aid in continuous improvement efforts, with additional supports provided to schools meeting specified criteria.
For additional information on each of these indicators, including calculation methods, data sources, and business rules, see the Accountability Index Guide on NDDPI’s website.
All schools can improve. The School Accountability Report Cards are a useful tool to support educators in engaging in a cycle of continuous improvement. The report cards provide the following information to help schools identify improvement priorities.
Accountability Pie: The “Accountability Pie” visually represents a school’s performance across all indicators. Each “slice” represents an indicator and the degree to which the school earned possible points. The “Room for Improvement” slice is comprised of all unattained points and may be used to identify improvement priorities.
School Support: All schools receive tools to support improvement planning and efforts. NDDPI identifies two additional categories of support for schools meeting specific criteria based on accountability indicators. Schools identified for Comprehensive or Targeted support receive additional services from NDDPI and federal funds to aid in specific interventions to improve student outcomes.
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