At the time the state was created, in 1889, there were more than 1,000 public schools. In the middle of the 20th century, North Dakota, like many other states, began to consolidate its school districts for greater economy and efficiency, and by 2001 the number of school districts had been reduced to 228. School attendance is compulsory for all children from the age of 7 to 16. About 6 percent of the state’s children attend private schools.
In the 2004–2005 school year North Dakota spent $8,837 on each student’s education, compared to a national average of $9,910. There were 12.1 students for every teacher (the national average was 15.5 students per teacher).
Of those older than 25 years of age in 2007, 89 percent had a high school diploma, the national norm being 84.5 percent.
North Dakota’s major institutions of higher education are the state-supported University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and North Dakota State University in Fargo. In 2006–2007 the state had 14 public and 8 private institutions of higher education. They included Dickinson State University, in Dickinson; Jamestown College, in Jamestown; University of Mary , in Bismarck; Mayville State University, in Mayville; Minot State University, in Minot, with a two-year school in Bottineau; and Valley City State University, in Valley City. "North Dakota" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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