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8-13-2019 School Board Brief

Last night, the Bismarck School Board was informed of a nationwide data security incident affecting 13,000 schools and universities, including Bismarck Public Schools. BPS uses the Aimsweb 1.0 assessment platform owned by Pearson Clinical Assessment. Pearson has indicated there is no evidence that any data was misused. The data included student names and birthdates. Parents are being notified by email this week and the letter is posted at, under News & Headlines. 

The Board also heard an enrollment report. In a recent 1 day period, 95 additional students were registered. At this time, elementary enrollment is up 17 students over last year and secondary enrollment is up 362 students more than the end of the 2018-19 school year.

The School Board approved a Mega Results report based on the district’s mission that states “All students will have the academic, social, and personal skills to be college, career and community ready.” The district is making reasonable progress on this goal that measures graduation rate, completer rate, college enrollment, and student engagement in learning. The report can be found at, School Board & Policies, Agendas & Minutes, August 12. 

In addition, the school district is exploring the concept of January Term (J-Term) in which students will participate in a two-week in-depth course of study or an internship. Second semester would start after J-Term. The Board heard a presentation as part of the district’s work toward becoming North Dakota Choice Ready and providing work-based learning experiences and 21st Century competencies for high school students. J-Term will be discussed this fall with high school teachers and groups of parents and students. The presentation is on the August 12 agenda.