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UL: NH Senate’s effort to eliminate statewide assessments would break federal law and hurt children and parents

UL: NH Senate’s effort to eliminate statewide assessments would break federal law and hurt children and parents

In a major, full column editorial, the Union Leader tells what it calls the “sad tale” of HB 323.  As  originally written by House Education Committee chair Rick Ladd (R-Haverhill), the bill would have reduced the number of standardized tests that New Hampshire students would take, returning valuable learning time to the classroom. However, as the UL said, […]

Governor Hassan on veto: “HB 332 would be an impediment to an adaptable learning environment”

Governor Hassan on veto: “HB 332 would be an impediment to an adaptable learning environment”

Governor Hassan released a statement regarding her veto of HB 332, which would require advanced notice to parents of course material involving sexuality or sexual education. The bill, she said, would make it more difficult for students to receive public health education, would create a greater stigma concerning sexual education, and may affect other subjects […]

June 17 at 10:00am: Third meeting of the House/Senate Committee of Conference on HB 323, to reduce some standardized testing

June 17 at 10:00am: Third meeting of the House/Senate Committee of Conference on HB 323, to reduce some standardized testing

Meeting yesterday and today, the HB 323 conference committee has not been able to reach a compromise, so will meet again tomorrow in LOB 207.  It may be available via live streaming.  Check here for the link.

Governor Hassan on veto: HB 603 would send the message that NH isn’t committed to high education standards

Governor Hassan on veto: HB 603 would send the message that NH isn’t committed to high education standards

Governor Hassan released a statement regarding her veto of HB 603, which would allow parents to opt students out of the statewide assessment without penalty.The bill, she said, would undermine the state’s efforts to measure student progress, would put millions of dollars of federal education funding in jeopardy, and would send the message to business […]

Committee of conference to meet June 15 at 9:30 on HB 323, replacing some standardized tests with classroom-based assessments and the SAT

Committee of conference to meet June 15 at 9:30 on HB 323, replacing some standardized tests with classroom-based assessments and the SAT

HB 323 has been referred to a Committee of Conference, which will meet on Monday, June 15 at 9:30 in LOB 207. The bill would alter the statewide assessment program, providing for locally managed assessments.  It underwent extensive debate, with 19 different amendments proposed in the Senate before the final amendment was adopted. The committee consists […]

Gov. Hassan’s veto of HB 603, the opt out bill, strongly supported by the NH business community

There has been wide coverage of Gov. Hassan’s veto of HB 603, the bill that would allow parents to opt students out of the annual statewide assessment without penalty to the student or the school district.  The most complete coverage has been by the AP, published in the Concord Monitor but the Union Leader did its own story as well, featuring the letter the Business and Industry Association sent Gov. Hassan urging her to veto the bill.  (more…)

Gov. Hassan vetoes opt out bill: HB 603 “sends a bad message to our students”

Governor Hassan has vetoed HB 603 which would allow parents to opt students out of the annual statewide assessment without penalty.  Her veto message emphasized the importance of full participation for legal, accountability, and funding reasons, stating that the federally mandated assessments are required for many federal education grants and are also necessary for informing teacher instruction: (more…)

Common Core catalyzes positive change in once-struggling school –Denver Post

After years of chronic under-performance, in 2013 Ashley Elementary School in Denver, Colorado was labeled “accredited on probation.” The school made hiring changes and firmly committed to the Common Core State Standards. Today, it is a completely different school. (more…)

Meaningful application of math concepts means better long-term learning

Madeline Ahearn, school administrator in Eugene, Oregon, wrote recently that the Common Core standards offer students a better chance at success in math.

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NH Sheriff: Early childhood education can curb crime and help communities prosper

In an opinion piece in the Concord Monitor, Merrimack County Sheriff Scott Hilliard advocates for early childhood education, citing evidence that early support ultimately helps curb teen pregnancy, crime, and even drug use–a growing problem in the Granite State: (more…)

“We cannot fix what we cannot measure”–Civil Rights groups come out against opt-out movement

A coalition of civil rights groups, including the NAACP and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights have released a statement condemning the various anti-testing efforts emerging in some states: (more…)

Stanford Education Professor: Math is more about deep understanding than memorization — Hechinger Report

In an article for the Hechinger Report, Stanford mathematics Professor Jo Boaler argues that, contrary to popular belief, true math skills come from deep understanding rather than memorization.  This erroneous assumption is widespread and detrimental to math learners who come to believe they simply aren’t “math people.”

The Common Core math standards do, she says, recognize the value of conceptual learning in math, opening the door for more math learners:

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Have you heard confusing rumors about PACE and HB 323? Here are the facts you need.

The bill has become a lightning rod for people who just plain oppose NHDOE, some of whom want to shut it down.  But most legislators will acknowledge that the criticisms are baseless.

House Education Committee chair Rick Ladd (R-Haverhill) wrote HB 323 as an expression of legislative support for the hard work done by four New Hampshire school districts and the department of education in creating a way for local classroom based assessments to replace some standardized tests.  Here is some background on New Hampshire’s innovative PACE program.

HB 323 passed the House with an overwhelmingly positive voice vote but has drawn opposition from some in the Senate based on serious misinformation provided by opponents of competency based education. (more…)

Governor Hassan vetoes SB 101, prohibiting the state from requiring school districts to implement the Common Core standards

Voicing strong support for the Common Core standards and high expectations for our students, Governor Hassan today vetoed SB 101, saying

“…allowing it to become law would have real and lasting consequences to New Hampshire’s economic competitiveness by sending a damaging signal that our state is not committed to the education standards necessary to prepare a 21st century workforce.

….there is no need to pass a law exempting districts from compliance. School districts are already well aware that they have such a choice.

….Common Core has the support of educators and businesses, and of Republicans and Democrats. As this bill has no practical impact, its purpose appears to be that of sending a message, and it is the wrong message.”

Read Governor Hassan’s full message here.

Common thread in successful Common Core adoption: Trust Teachers!

A recent study released by the Center for American Progress suggests that teacher empowerment is the key factor in successfully implementing the Common Core State Standards.

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