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Associated Press, Published July 13 2012

ND officials say plan helps school improvement

BISMARCK — North Dakota school officials are happy about a plan to tell high schools about how their graduates are doing in college.

North Dakota University System Chancellor Ham Shirvani says he wants the university system to provide the information.

High schools would be told about the academic performance of their graduates when they're freshmen in North Dakota colleges.

Shirvani says the data would help high schools improve their instruction. North Dakota School Boards Association Director Jon Martinson agrees. He says the initiative is welcome.

North Dakota Education Association President Dakota Draper says he likes the idea too, as long as it's constructive and the information isn't used to target specific teachers.

Shirvani says most states already provide the college information to high schools, but North Dakota doesn't.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.