UPDATE: 6:05pm 6/24/13 After I posted this and sent an ANHPE mailing that included it, I learned that the New Hampshire Department of Education disagreed with how NHPR framed the report. NHPR has updated its story to include the NHDOE statement that “acceptance in imminent.”
This is definitely not good. It has to represent a reversal, possibly even by the U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, since earlier indications were that the approval was on his desk for signature.
There could be other issues as well – possibly issues that pending legislation would address – but the primary bone of contention has been teaching evaluations. The New Hampshire Department of Education, after long consultations educators from around the State, has been seeking flexibility in the extent to which student testing would be included in teaching evaluations. USDE has insisted that at least 20% of a teacher’s evaluation be based on test scores, something NH teachers and administrators have felt is unjustified.
DOE has not, apparently, convinced punitive testing hawk Arne Duncan of the wisdom of the approach New Hampshire educators want. Maybe No Child Left Behind will prove to be the lesser of the evils…
Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR
The US department of education has announced that once again New Hampshire’s application for a waiver from the controversial federal education policy, No Child Left Behind, has been passed over.
It has been ten months since New Hampshire applied for flexibility from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, and several rounds of waivers for other states have been approved since the application was submitted.
Alabama was the most recent state to be granted flexibility, making 38 states and the district of Colombia which have implemented their own plans for school improvement and accountability.
Seven states, including New Hampshire, have applications still pending, and five have not submitted waivers.