The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction today announced a new "school dashboard," which provides information about schools and districts in the state.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the dashboard offers North Dakota parents and taxpayers an easier way to look up information about how their local schools are performing.

"This is part of our ongoing commitment to be more transparent and publicly accountable to North Dakota's students, parents and taxpayers,” Baesler said in a news release. "North Dakotans invest their tax dollars in education, and we must make sure that information about how our schools are doing is easily accessible."

The dashboard includes information about high school graduation rates and tests in state-mandated assessments. It also shows how many students scored as "proficient" or "advanced" in state tests, attendance rates, a racial breakdown of students and a percentage of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Baesler said the dashboard will be updated to include additional data, such as advanced coursework, career and technical education opportunities, school climate, school and district budgets and tax revenues.

To view the dashboard, visit DPI's website or www.insights.nd.gov.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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