Having withstood challenges to its implementation of the Common Core, the Nashua School District appears to be doubling down on the new standards. Notice the highlighted bit from this Nashua Telegraph article today:
NASHUA – As New Hampshire continues work on implementing Common Core standards, a series of discussions among city education officials focused on curriculum and new technology Saturday morning at Nashua High School North.
The meeting, between members of the city education board and school administrators, took a closer look at the city’s existing curriculum and how to bring it up to the standards of the Common Core program.
At the meeting, Assistant Superintendent Karen Cerbase announced to the board a new process of evaluating teachers.
“At the end of a unit, there’s an assessment to make sure the teachers have met the standards of the unit,” Cerbase said.
Those assessments would be focused in the subjects of English Language Arts and mathematics and are slated to show critical thinking and problem solving skills of students, largely through extended response queries and technology enhanced items.
This kind of testing requires real attention and resources. It will also help students learn to use their skills in real world situations – and prepare for the new tests in 2015.
I’ll add a link to the video of the meeting when it becomes available.