North Dakota’s “Choice Ready” goal is embedded throughout its plan.


North Dakota has articulated a vision that “All students will graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful in whatever they choose to do, whether they pursue a post-secondary degree, enroll in a technical college, enter the workforce, or join the military.”


North Dakota’s proficiency and graduation rate goals lack details.


The state set a goal of reducing the number of nonproficient students by 33 percent in six years. Meeting this goal would still result in a statewide reading proficiency rate of 68 percent, but less than 40 percent among English-language learners.


However, the state also set these goals without analysis of historical data or state trends, so it is difficult to determine whether they are ambitious or attainable.


Its four-year graduation rate goal is also 90 percent for all students and each student group. North Dakota includes GED students in its graduation rate calculation. Including GEDs would put North Dakota out of alignment with other states, out of compliance with federal requirements, and potentially out of alignment with its goal of ensuring that all students graduate “Choice Ready.”




Louisiana’s goals are ambitious, attainable and backed by clear data. The state is proposing to sustain its recent gains and annually increase its proficiency rates. Louisiana has set the same final target for all groups of students but it expects faster progress for groups that are starting further behind.


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