BPS Glossary

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Authentic Learning

Bismarck Public Schools believes authentic experiences empower learners to develop agency, efficiency, and passion.


Effective Teaching

Bismarck Public Schools believes that all learners deserve effective teaching that supports them in growing to their full potential.

Environmental Excellence

Bismarck Public Schools establishes physical and digital learning environments that are safe, welcoming, and engaging. We proactively identify and resolve any barriers to access and full participation by learners.

Strategic priorities include:

  • School Safety
  • Culture and Climate
  • Digital Stewardship


Grade Inflation

*definition of grade inflation*


Learning Excellence

Bismarck Public Schools is a place where learners are motivated to learn and grow because experiences for each individual are matched to their level, style, strengths and interests.   All learners are empowered, committed, and deeply  reflective, and we work collaboratively to advance our knowledge and skills.

Strategic Priorities under Learning Excellence Include:

  • MTSS-A
  • Standards-based education
  • Effective Teaching
  • Personalization
  • Authentic Learning



Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Academics (MTSS-A)
Bismarck Public Schools believes in nurturing and empowering all learners to be choice-ready.  This is accomplished by providing strong core instruction, intervention, and enrichment responsive to student need.


Operational Excellence

Bismarck Public Schools establishes system-wide operations that meet the needs of our growing and changing community.  We honor stakeholder feedback, foster strategic partnerships and create comprehensive, effective and efficient operational plans.


  • Human capital development
  • Financial plan
  • Facilities plan
  • Communication plan
  • Technology plan
  • Transportation plan
  • Partnerships


Personal Excellence

Bismarck Public Schools’ learners display high levels of integrity, are well-balanced (mentally, emotionally and physically), and cultivate an awareness and appreciation for others’ opinions, feelings, needs, and concerns. Learners embrace diversity among people, cultures, events, and issues. We serve in the community to effect positive change.

Strategic priorities include:

  • MTSS-B / ISF
  • Inclusive Practices
  • Extracurricular / Co-Curriculuar


Bismarck Public Schools believes personalization honors who learners are, how they learn, and what they aspire to do. 


standards-based education

Bismarck Public Schools believes standards drive instruction and that all students need to meet or exceed proficiency on North Dakota state standards.