The New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Barry negotiated a No Child Left Behind waiver that avoided in New Hampshire the requirement for high-stakes testing that teachers contend with in many other waiver states. We’re a local control state, so districts have the high-stakes option, but high-stakes is not policy in New Hampshire. Now other states are coming around to that policy.
New York changed its policy months ago because it was so destructive to its Common Core rollout. Now other states are also delaying high-stakes testing until the new standards are firmly in place, removing one of the most important obstacles to success. Here’s the EdWeek story:
Many states are moving to delay or alter test-based accountability for schools and teachers, as tests associated with the Common Core State Standards head for their debut nationwide in the coming school year.
The changes—some proposed and some already in effect—are also taking place as states consider the status of their waivers from certain portions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Those waivers, in turn, have their own accountability requirements.