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CM Oped: SB 320 would put children and families at risk and jeopardize funding for important initiatives

CM Oped: SB 320 would put children and families at risk and jeopardize funding for important initiatives

Concord resident Katie Robert wrote an oped featured in the Concord Monitor urging the Senate to kill SB 320, which would require parents to sign a permission form for non-academic surveys and questionnaires administered in public schools: Despite the proven value of school-based research, the New Hampshire Senate votes this week on a bill that […]

Executive session on HB 1411, making civics mandatory in public and private schools, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

Executive session on HB 1411, making civics mandatory in public and private schools, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1411 on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207. The bill requires all high school students to take a half-credit course in civics. The content of the course must cover at a minimum: the duties and responsibilities of a citizen, opportunities of citizen participation and involvement […]

Executive session on HB 1408, setting up a school inventory database, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

Executive session on HB 1408, setting up a school inventory database, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1408 on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207. The bill requires the Education Commissioner to conduct a statewide school building inventory, including condition of school grounds, physical structure and building systems, adequacy of building safety and security systems, adequacy of space in buildings and […]

Executive session on HB 1379, removing the requirement that English is used in instruction in private schools, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

Executive session on HB 1379, removing the requirement that English is used in instruction in private schools, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1379 on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207. The bill removes the requirement that English is the exclusive language used to teach students in private schools.

Executive session on HB 1371, establishing a committee to study education savings accounts for families of special needs students, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

Executive session on HB 1371, establishing a committee to study education savings accounts for families of special needs students, on Thursday, February 18 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207

There will be an Executive Session on HB 1371 at 9:30 AM in LOB 207. The bill establishes a committee to study education savings accounts for families of special needs students, including how the program would be implemented, managed, and funded.

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.

If you “Follow” Advancing New Hampshire Public Education, getting emails whenever we post, we hope you will want to follow Reaching Higher NH, subscribe to the newsletter, like Reaching Higher on Facebookfollow them on Twitter, and contribute to a rich new discussion about the future of New Hampshire public education by becoming an Advocate.

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…)

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