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Title I Website for Parents

Welcome to our website for parents!
Decades of research show that when parents are involved, students have:

          • Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
          • Better school attendance
          • Increased motivation, better self-esteem
          • Lower rates of suspension
          • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
          • Fewer instances of violent behavior

This website was created specifically for parents to help you easily
find information on ways to become involved, access information regarding your school or district, and obtain resources aimed at
helping you better enable your child to succeed in school.

If you have questions about our Parent Website,
please call our toll-free number at 1-800-605-1951.

Laurie Matzke, Federal Title Programs Director
Department of Public Instruction
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
Phone: (701) 328-2284
Fax: (701) 328-0203

Parental Involvement Resources

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Ideas to Help Struggling Learners

  • When Report Cards Don’t Make the Grade: Advice for Parents – This article provides five tips for dealing with the less-than-perfect report card. (External link)
  • Doing Mathematics with Your Child – Like reading, mathematics is a subject that is indeed necessary for functioning adequately in society. The challenge facing every parent today is to nurture their child’s confidence in their ability to apply mathematical knowledge. This resource kit has been prepared by the National Parent Teacher Association for parents who feel inadequate in helping their children with mathematics. (External link)
  • Especially for Parents – This website, created by the U.S. Department of Education, has numerous resources for parents including homework tips, information on federal student aid, and much more. (External link)

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What is Expected of North Dakota Students?

  • North Dakota State Content Standards – This website lists all of the North Dakota content standards, which define what we want our students to know and be able to do.
  • Grade Level Expectations – In the summer of 2003, the State Title I office contracted with seven North Dakota teachers to develop a one-page list of the grade level expectations for the specific grades assigned to them. Using the North Dakota content standards, this list outlines what a child should know and be able to do upon exiting that particular grade level. Page one of each document provides this list. In addition, they developed a test to go along with the grade level expectations that they created for each particular grade.
  • North Dakota State Assessment Information – This website provides information pertaining to the North Dakota State Assessment given to students in grades 3-8 and 11.
  • Common Core Standards – This website provide information pertaining to the Common Core Standards adopted by North Dakota.

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How Well is My District/School Doing?

  • District/School Profiles – The state must prepare annual district/school profiles, also called report cards, for parents and the public on the academic achievement of students at the state, district, and school building level. Districts must notify parents each year when the report cards have been developed and provide an opportunity for parents to review the documents, if requested. Report cards have been compiled by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and are available on the department’s website at To access the profiles, choose a district, then choose a year and click submit.
  • Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Reports – The Department of Public Instruction will generate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for every school and district in the state based on state assessment results each year. Please note that all schools and districts are required by law to share and disseminate this information to parents and community members. An actual copy of the school and district AYP report must be disseminated to parents along with correspondence explaining the report. Your district and school’s AYP report can be accessed at To access the AYP reports, choose the district and click the submit button. Next, choose the year you would like to view. Finally, choose “School Plant AYP” (building level) or “School District AYP” (district level).
  • Districts and Schools Identified for Program Improvement – This website has a list of the Title I schools and districts that have not made AYP for two consecutive years and have, therefore, been identified for Title I program improvement.

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Information on Title I

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Information Schools Are Required to Disseminate to Parents

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Information on No Child Left Behind

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Homework Help

  • How to Succeed in School-Study Habits and Homework – Many of the issues concerning success in school revolve around developing good study habits and expectations regarding homework. Parents certainly play a major role in providing the encouragement, environment, and materials necessary for successful studying to take place. (External link)
  • Parent Tip Sheet for Supporting Good Study Habits pdf icon – Children need a time and place to complete their studies. Setting a regular schedule for study is important to the academic success of a child. This article provides many good tips that parents can draw upon to help them in setting up a schedule for studying.
  • Reading Homework Tips for Parents – This article provides many good suggestions on reading homework tips for parents. (External link)
  • Math Homework Tips for Parents – Homework is an inevitable factor when children attend school. This article provides tips to assist parents with their child’s math homework. (External link)

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Ideas on How to Become Involved

  • Parental Involvement Online Report Card – Research indicates that students are more successful when parents are involved in the education of their child. This question and answer report card will let parents know how well they support their child’s learning. (External link)
  • Project Appleseed – This website provides ideas on how parents can become involved in their child’s education. (External link)

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Events/Workshops Geared for Parents

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