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Fifty-five percent of North Dakota student who took a North Dakota Department of Public Instruction survey this fall reported there were "engaged" in their schoolwork, according to a news release.

The 20-question "student engagement survey" was handed out to students from Nov. 1 to Dec. 8. Nearly 73,00 students — 89 percent of the state's public school students in grades 3-12— responded, according to State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler.

The survey asked students whether they were "engaged," "compliant" or "not engaged" in their schoolwork. Thirty-one percent were compliant, while 13 percent were disengaged. One percent of the responses were mixed, meaning there was not enough data to put into one of the categories.

According to the survey, an engaged student is one who is a self-starter and volunteers to do work, values it and is diligent about completing it. A compliant student does what is asked and little or nothing more, and a disengaged student often does not do work unless ordered, does not finish assignments and attempts to mask his or her apathy.

The survey is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act state plan, which uses "accountability factors" to determine how well North Dakota schools are doing in educating students.

Individual district results will soon be posted on DPI's new "school dashboard," or at insights.nd.gov/Education.aspx.

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

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