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Frequently Asked Questions About Education Statistics in North Dakota

If you did not find the information you were looking for on our web site, the following FAQ’s may answer your questions or assist you in locating the information.

Questions or comments regarding this page or requests for information can be emailed to dpi@state.nd.us.

Q: Who was the first Superintendent of Public Instruction?

James S. Foster was the first Superintendent of Public Instruction selected for the Dakota Territory. After North Dakota was admitted as a state, William Mitchell from Fargo was the first elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in the first state general election held October 1889.

Q: When was the public school system started?

Laws were drawn up and provisions were made for establishing a school system in 1862 by Dakota Territory. The first public school was started at the Congregational Church in Bismarck in 1873. The first organized district was the Fargo School District #1 in 1874.

Q: At what ages MUST a student be in school?

  1. Any person having responsibility for a child between the ages of seven and sixteen years shall ensure that the child is in attendance at a public school for the duration of each school year.
  2. If a person enrolls a child of age six in a public school, the person shall ensure that the child is in attendance at the public school for the duration of each school year. The person may withdraw a child of age six from the public school. However, once the child is withdrawn, the person may not reenroll the child until the following school year. This subsection does not apply if the reason for the withdrawal is the child’s relocation to another school district.
  3. This section does not apply if a child is exempted under the provisions of section 15.1-20-02.

Q: What is the current enrollment in the state?

Enrollment data can be found in the Educational Directory. The total enrollment is in the Statistical Summary and enrollment by school is in the Directory section.

Q: What is the current enrollment by grade, race or gender?

This information is not currently on the web. Reports can be sent upon your request.

Q: What was the enrollment in prior years?

This information is not currently on the web. Reports can be sent upon your request.

Q: What is the total number of classroom teachers?

The Educational Directory has total full-time equivalency data in the Statistical Summary and also by school in the Directory section.

Q: What is the pupil/teacher ratio?

Simply divide the number of pupils by the full-time equivalencies of classroom teachers found in the Educational Directory. A report can be sent to you upon your request.

Q: What is the maximum number of students per teacher?

For any school seeking accreditation, the maximum allowed is 25 for grades K-3 and 30 for grades 4-12.

Q: Where can I find the post-secondary status of graduates?

This information is not available on our web site at this time. A report can be sent to you upon your request.

Q: What is the average pay for school staff?

The Administrative and Instructional Personnel Data in Public Schools includes average pay by assignment statewide and by region. More salary/compensation information can be found at www.dpi.state.nd.us/finance/comp/index.shtm.

Q: How many school districts are there?

The Educational Directory has a list of the school districts. There is a count on the last page. The Statistical Summary has a count of districts by county.

Q: How many schools are there?

The Educational Directory has a list of the school plants. There is a count on the last page.

Q: How can I contact the schools?

The Educational Directory has contact information. For an electronic file, check out School Staff Listing.

Q: Where can I find a list of teachers?

Lists of teachers are not available on our web site. Lists are available upon request for a fee. Email and home addresses for teachers are not available.

Q: Is the North Dakota Educational Directory available in an electronic format?

The Directory publication is only available on the web in PDF format. Contact information can be downloaded using School Staff Listing.

Q: Where can I find North Dakota data in comparison to other states?

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) - External Link - or the U.S. Census Bureau - External Link - may have the information you are looking for.

 

  
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