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Survey Ranks North Dakota Schools Excellent

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North Dakota is ranked first in the nation again, this time it's for school satisfaction.
Research shows North Dakotans are the happiest with their public schools.

School superintendents say they're proud, but not surprised. They give major credit to the teachers, principals and everyone else working in education to make sure students and parents are getting the best they can give.

Sunrise Elementary is Paighton Volk's second school. She first attended Rita Murphy, then after Bismarck School District redistributed students, Paighton was sent to Sunrise.

Her parents say she's still excelling, and they say it's because of the schools. No matter where Paighton goes, she seems to do well.

"Absolutely, this is a wonderful school district. I actually grew up in Seattle, and you look back to what they have, as opposed to here, and I wouldn't move back for anything in the world," says Paighton's mom Aimee Volk.

The Volks are one of hundreds, according to the latest Gallup poll, who say they're happy with North Dakota public school system.

"The credit goes to the people that are interacting with parents and students everyday. That includes our bus drivers, our paraprofessional, our teachers and our administrator. They're the people that are creating the environment," says Mandan Public School District Assistant Superintendent Mike Bitz.

Almost 90 percent of North Dakotans rated their schools as good to excellent, which is the highest of any state in the nation.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) says none of the hard work to become number one was done by just one educator.

"We really involve our community. We involve our parents, we communicate with them well. It's a partnership, and we have such a strong work ethic in North Dakota," says N.D. Superintendent Kirsten Baesler.

Baesler says her fellow educators across the state will continue to work hard with the help of parents to stay at number one.

Just because North Dakota is ranked number one, doesn't mean educators are going to stop in any way.

The DPI says they're going to push schools harder to help high schoolers improve overall ACT scores, and elementary and middles schools will continue to improve students overall performance.

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