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The Hess Corporation donated more than $25 million to the state’s Regional Education Associations to fund ‘Succeed 2020,’ a statewide education project aimed at helping North Dakota students become better prepared for college and careers.  The 2016-17 school year marked the fifth and final year of the NESC’s Succeed 2020 Grant.  Visit or contact NESC Director of Professional Learning and Operations, Erin Lacina (, for more information.

Succeed 2020 Impact:

Key Progress Indicators:

  • Higher ACT scores
  • On-time secondary & post-secondary completion
  • Fewer developmental/remedial courses

Long-Term Goal:

  • Successful transition from school to college and careers for students in North Dakota

NESC Activities Funded by Succeed 2020:

  • Direct Student Instruction of Roads to Success Curriculum
  • You’re Hired! Local and Regional College/Career Events
  • Middle School Implementation of Project Lead the Way Curriculum
  • Leadership Workshop Series for Principals
  • Leadership Workshop Series for Superintendents
  • Expository Text Workshop Series for Grades 5-8
  • Expository Text Workshop Series for Grades 9-12
  • Just In Time Math Workshop Series
  • Regional Fall and Winter In-services
  • Customized, On-going, Professional Learning for Member Schools

ND State Standards (NDSS) Implementation Guide

The ND State Standards Implementation Guide ( was developed collaboratively by members of the eight ND Regional Education Associations (REAs) with support from Succeed 2020 to help define “full implementation” of the North Dakota State Standards. It serves several functions for principals, teachers, and the REAs:
• Identify key components for full implementation,
• Establish a common language/common understanding around NDSS implementation,
• Assist schools in identifying areas for professional learning,
• And assist REAs in developing and delivering professional learning.

Additional Succeed 2020 Resources: