BISMARCK, N.D. (Valley News Live) A new education dashboard aims to bring more transparency and accountability to North Dakota schools.
State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says it is now online and includes a wide variety of information about the state's schools.
The dashboard is part of North Dakota’s new accountability system to measure the quality, performance and progress on improvement of its schools, Baesler said.
The new data goes beyond test scores to offer a broader sense of how students are doing in school.
It includes information from a student engagement survey to identify students’ enthusiasm for class work and their views on whether they think their time in school is being well spent.
“The additional pieces of information contributes to a new broad-based, well-rounded measurement of the performance of our schools developed by North Dakota education leaders, legislators and parents. Students, parents and community members can now evaluate schools based on their priorities, rather than simply by last year’s test scores,” Baesler said.
The site also includes information about school enrollment, attendance and graduation rates; students’ collective performance on state math and English tests; whether those assessment results have improved over the past two years; and the qualifications of the school’s teachers.
Interested North Dakota parents and others can now look up data from individual districts and schools at the ND Insights website (https://insights.nd.gov).
Baesler said each North Dakota school will be using the dashboard data to produce an improvement plan each year. Administrators may use it to devise ways to provide more learning opportunities or help students become more fully engaged in school, she said.
“We want to be accountable to our students, taxpayers and parents, our teachers and our administrators,” Baesler said. “This dashboard makes important data about our education system available to any North Dakotan, and we will be adding more information in the future. This is just a start and first generation of this powerful communication tool.”