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Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Choice-Ready Grants

News Release

For Immediate Release

November 21, 2022

Grand Forks Public Schools Receives Choice-Ready Grants

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Grand Forks Public Schools has received $52,612 in grants for choice-ready programs within the school system.

The grants were awarded by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to strengthen the choice-ready framework and enable more students to graduate choice ready.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each school system to implement the choice-ready initiative at the high school level. The North Dakota Choice-Ready Framework is a tool to assist educators in ensuring all students successfully graduate high school with the essential skills necessary to be prepared for post-secondary, the workforce, and/or the military.

Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools each received a $20,000 grant for the development of a choice-ready dashboard that is user-friendly for all stakeholders. A version of this dashboard currently exists and is being utilized within Fargo Public Schools. Several larger districts within the state are combining their choice-ready grants to expand the dashboard as a statewide resource.

“The proposed choice-ready dashboard will be designed to meet the needs of our high schools to manage data related to the choice-ready indicators, as well as provide the ability to engage students and parents in monitoring their progress towards completion,” said Eric Ripley, executive director of career and technical education and technology at Grand Forks Public Schools.

The Grand Forks Area Career and Technical Education Center received $12,612 for supporting bus transportation costs for career exploration activities, industry credential costs for students, coordination of work-based learning experiences, and development of student and parent/guardian choice-ready educational items, including posters, brochures, and promotional videos.

“As a school system, we continue to work diligently in providing our students with the opportunities necessary to be choice-ready upon graduation. Receiving these grants will continue to strengthen and expand those efforts,” said Ripley.