And, a recent Gallup poll says this state is the happiest -- with their public schools.
Ben smith reports.
"Um I think I've got a really good education." says Century High School senior Daniel
The study ranked North Dakota as most satisfied with their school systems.
"I wouldn't have gotten to where I am today with out all the help of my teachers"
"And I think its because of our efforts of our quality educators reaching out to our community that we were able to achieve that number one ranking. I was very pleased about those results." says State Superintendent Kristen Baesler
The poll also shows that North Dakotans have a lot of faith in the school systems, preparing their students for college and beyond. But when graduation comes and goes, there are some areas that need some work.
"Um Baylor University."
"I'm going to be going to Belmont University in Nashville."
"I'm going to NDSU."
These seniors say about 90% of their class are going straight to college. But some skills are lacking.
"We have some remediation rates in North Dakota that aren't as good as we would want them to be." says Baesler
"The biggest lack that I see with students going to college is the written communication skills." says Steve Madler, Century High school Principal
Even so, the community supports public schools in North Dakota.
"Overall the parents have been extremely supportive, they've been very understanding. When there have been concerns, we have worked through those."
Being number one feels good, but North Dakota education will continue to evolve.
So it will be important for the K12 system and the University system to continue to work together so we are creating the next generation of teachers that will be world-class and the best in the nation." says State Superintendent Kristen Baesler
Ben Smith KXNews
The Gallop poll interviewed 600 North Dakotans in December of last year.
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