State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - North Dakota

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-20-01
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 before August 1 N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-06-01
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 5 before December 1, enrolled previously in an approved kindergarten.
Opt-in: Age 5 before December 1, passes a district-approved developmental and readiness screening.
N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-22-02
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-22-01
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 2.75 hours for half-day kindergarten. 5.5 hours for full-day kindergarten and elementary students. N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-22-02;
N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-06-04
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rule, or regulation. Repealed in 2016 N.D. Admin. Code 67-19-01-36
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Elementary teachers must complete at least 12 semester hours of coursework in teaching a range of elementary content, including reading and language arts. N.D. Admin. Code 67.1-02-03-01
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Elementary teachers must complete at least 12 semester hours of coursework in teaching a range of elementary content, including mathematics. N.D. Admin. Code 67.1-02-03-01
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Elementary Endorsement, kindergarten through grade 6. Kindergarten Endorsement, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Early Childhood Endorsement, birth to grade three. N.D. Admin. Code 67.1-02-03-02
https://www.nd.gov/espb/sites/www/files/documents/License%20Code%20Manual%202017-2018%20%20Final.pdf
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Districts have the option to conduct a readiness test and formative assessments of incoming kindergarten students. N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-21-23
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statutes, rules or regulation.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Third grade students must be administered an assessment in reading and mathematics. N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-21-08
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? The superintendent of public instruction compile the test scores in a manner that indicates achievement and allows a comparison of individual students, classrooms within a given school and school district, schools within the state, and school districts within the state. The compilation must allow for comparisons based on students' gender, ethnicity, economic status, service status, and assessment status, unless doing so enables the identification of any student. The superintendent and representatives of the testing service that created the tests shall provide detailed testimony to the legislature regarding the testing instrument, the methodology used to test and assess the students, the established cut scores, the methodology used to determine the cut scores, the validation of all test products, and the significance of the test scores. N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-21-09
N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-21-10
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Remedial intervention programs in mathematics and reading are available for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 15.1-21-16
Is there a third grade retention policy? Retention is not required.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.

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