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Executive session on HB 226, requiring stricter reporting for non-proficient readers, on February 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Executive session on HB 226, requiring stricter reporting for non-proficient readers, on February 14 at 10:30 a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold an executive session on HB 226 on Tuesday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m. in LOB 207. The bill  requires districts prove that they’ve implemented a reading improvement program to the Department of Education for third graders deemed not proficient in reading. They must report on the program annually and provide annual […]

Executive session on HB 210, establishing a code of ethics for teachers, on February 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Executive session on HB 210, establishing a code of ethics for teachers, on February 14 at 10:30 a.m.

The House Education Committee will continue their executive session of HB 210 on Tuesday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m. in LOB 207. The bill establishes a code of ethics for teachers.

Hearing on HB 620, prohibiting SBOE from requiring districts comply with federal curriculum, on February 14 at 1o a.m.

Hearing on HB 620, prohibiting SBOE from requiring districts comply with federal curriculum, on February 14 at 1o a.m.

The House Education Committee will hold  a public hearing on HB 620 on Tuesday, February 14 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207. The bill prohibits the State Board of Education (SBOE) from proposing rules that would require districts comply with federally mandated curriculum, instruction, or assessments that are not fully paid for by state or […]

Continued hearing on HB 216, prohibiting expulsions of K-2 students, on Feburary 21 at 10 a.m.

Continued hearing on HB 216, prohibiting expulsions of K-2 students, on Feburary 21 at 10 a.m.

The House Education Committee will continue the public hearing of HB 216 on Tuesday, February 21 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 207. The bill prohibits the expulsion of kindergartners, first graders, and second graders. It also sets limits on suspensions for students in those grades. It was recommitted to the committee after being sent to the […]

Executive Session on HB 583, requiring the DOE to compute ADM once per year, on Tuesday, February 7 at 1 p.m.

Executive Session on HB 583, requiring the DOE to compute ADM once per year, on Tuesday, February 7 at 1 p.m.

The House Education Committee will hold an Executive Session on HB 583 on Tuesday, January 7 at 1 p.m. in LOB 207. The bill requires the Department of Education to compute average daily membership only once per year.

A note to folks who follow Advancing New Hampshire Public Education…

You may have seen the news coverage announcing the launch of Reaching Higher NH.  This important new organization made up of parents, educators and business and civic leaders will work for high standards and high achievement for all students in our New Hampshire public schools.

Since Reaching Higher NH will be a great new resource for the latest information on New Hampshire public schools and provides a new voice New Hampshire parents and leadership committed to the future of New Hampshire public schools, we will post less often on ANHPE in favor of following the activity on Reaching Higher NH, which offers information and newsletters of special interest for ParentsTeachersSchool LeadersSchool BoardsBusiness Leaders and Legislators.

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And if you have followed education legislation on the Bill Tracker, you will continue to get updates as before but it will now be managed by Reaching Higher NH.

 

Congratulations to Sanborn Regional School District for winning The Nellie Mae Foundation’s Lawrence W. O’Toole Award!

Sanborn Regional School District was recently awarded the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award, which is given to a district, individual, school, or nonprofit that exhibits great leadership through innovation in moving student-centered learning forward in New England. The Nellie Mae Education Foundation will present the award to the district at a ceremony later this year. (more…)

A Peek Inside New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment Pilot – Education Week

New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) program is closely followed throughout the country as a demonstration of how schools can reduce their use of once-a-year standardized assessments and move toward integrated classroom assessments – “performance assessments” – that contribute to learning while providing feedback on each student’s progress.

Here’s an interview with a PACE teacher who gives a clear view of how it all works.   (more…)

Sanborn Regional School District nominated for $100,000 grant–Vote today to show your support!

Sanborn Regional School District has been selected as one of six finalists for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award, a $100,000 Nellie Mae Education Foundation grant. The award is granted to an individual, organization, school, or district that exhibits great leadership through innovation in moving student-centered learning approaches forward in New England.

This is a great honor recognizing the important work Sanborn has done in the PACE pilot project and in making competency based learning real for their student.  You can show your support for Sanborn and New Hampshire by voting here. Voting lasts through September 30, and is restricted to one vote per email address. (more…)

Students exceed expectations on Smarter Balanced Assessments in four states–Hetchinger Report

In the four states that released results from their annual statewide assessments–Missouri, West Virginia, Oregon, and Washington–students exceeded expectations on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), reported the Hechinger Report. Experts say that though many factors likely contributed to the results, students are performing better despite the more difficult exam: (more…)

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…)