Closing the ‘Honesty Gap’ in North Dakota

Interview, Grand Forks Herald, 5-28-16

Education leaders must communicate accurately to teachers, parents and schools, says North Dakota State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on efforts to close the Honesty Gap. Twenty-seven percent of North Dakota’s college-bound students require remediation.

“It’s systemic. And if we’re waiting to identify student needs until the student’s 11th grade year, we’re pretty late in the game…That’s why honest assessments are so important,” Baesler explains. Multiple reports find that states are raising expectations and providing more accurate information about student readiness by implementing high standards and high-quality assessments.

This month, Baesler announced North Dakota will review its education standards and continue to build on the Common Core framework.

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