Year in Review: ND Education

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Here's a look at the top stories that made education headlines in 2015.

The battle over teaching Common Core Standards caused tension between parents and educators.

North Dakota schools ran into technical problems while taking online tests developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium in the spring.

A new bill passed in December called the Every Student Succeeds Act rewrites the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. It will put the power to make education policy decisions back into the hands of the state.

Student safety sparked a debate in the U.S. Congress. A bill that would have allowed concealed carry permit holders to carry guns in school failed.

In January, North Dakota became the second state to require students to pass a civics test for high school graduation.

In April, Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a bill to set up a $3 million grant program for early childhood education.

The first student cabinet comprised of 20 students from across the state met to have their voices heard.

"The decisions that are made, really affect us more than anybody, and so, it's good for us to help make those decisions," said Molly Farstveet, Lincoln Elementary School sixth-grader.

North Dakota's University system named a new chancellor. In June, Dr. Mark Hagerott filled the position.

Enrollment increases filled up classrooms and created a shortage of teachers.

"We're struggling getting applicants. We don't have as many people going into education," said Janet Welk, ESPB executive director.

$5.4 million from the state oil tax and revenue fund was sent to the state's school districts to fund the cost of rising student numbers.

Legacy High School became the first new high school in Bismarck in more than 40 years. South Prairie in Minot became a pre-k through 12th grade after a $12 million addition.

Williston, Watford City and Dickinson also broke ground on new buildings.

Watford City's new high school is on track to open in January.

Construction on Dickinson's new middle school is expected to be completed by 2017.