Quality of life can be improved when all North Dakota students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.
High-quality education is essential to prepare students for an increasingly competitive, complex, and global economy. Quality education is a multifaceted concept which includes quality learners (healthy, well-nourished children with positive early life experiences and interactions who live in supportive families and communities); quality environments (healthy and safe environments that provide adequate resources and facilities); quality educational content (relevant curricula and materials for the acquisition of basic skills, especially in the areas of literacy and numeracy); quality processes (meaningful learning experiences that facilitate learning and reduce disparities); quality outcomes (knowledge, skills and attitude outcomes linked to state and national goals for education and positive participation in society), and the interdependence among them. Academic achievement in reading and math represent key educational outcomes. It is important to monitor progress in narrowing the gaps and improving results of education. In addition to achievement indicators, high school graduation can be useful in predicting young adults’ preparation for higher education and/or the workforce.
The Education topic presents only a part of the Cradle-to-Career continuum which is represented by key measures throughout the website.
Preschool enrollment (Early childhood)
Connections to adults (Children and Youth)
Postsecondary degree completion (Workforce)
Educational Attainment (Workforce)
Proportion of Adults Working (Workforce)
Building a pathway to success begins early in life, and must provide opportunities for all children and youth. Quality educational experiences and opportunities (e.g., mother and babies’ health, preschool enrollment, connection to caring adults) produce positive outcomes that compound throughout an individual’s life as they enter into the workforce and start contributing to the economy and community.
After high school, many young adults continue on with their education and achieve a postsecondary degree, which is one key to a vibrant and successful workforce.
Having well-educated residents in our state helps to strengthen the economy and workforce and increases civic engagement.