North Dakota scores an F on education report card

Currently, North Dakota’s education policies do not prioritize great teaching, empowering parents with quality choices, or using resources wisely to raise student achievement. The state trails most of the country when it comes to adopting critical education reforms. North Dakota does not evaluate teachers and principals in a meaningful way, and it does not link student performance, educator performance, and district personnel and salary decisions. The state does not provide parents with meaningful information regarding school or teacher performance, and parents have no educational options, such as selecting a pubic charter school, when their children are trapped in low-performing schools. North Dakota has also not established state authority to intervene in low-performing schools or districts, and boards of education are not held accountable when schools fail to meet objectives. Finally, North Dakota should no longer lock teachers into the existing outdated pension system and should instead offer a more attractive, portable retirement option.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • kevindf

    ND’s education cabal gets an F for managing finances, as well.

  • ND_Runner

    I never comment on this website, but this time I have to. This article is completely ridiculous.

    First off, the reason why parents can’t choose to send kind to charter schools is because we don’t have any. We don’t have enough kids for that in most schools districts, so that argument doesn’t hold water.

    Secondly, and similarly, the reason why most parents can’t choose where to send their kids is because unless you’re in Fargo, GF, or Bismarck, you have one choice of public high school.

    Lastly, how can they deny the student’s test scores? The article itself says that students are performing in the top 15 in the required areas. So even though we apparently suck at everything, we still teach them right.