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Just a few days left to vote and help the Pittsfield School District get a $100,000 Nellie Mae grant!

You can vote here to help Pittsfield, a great New Hampshire school district, win a $100,000 Nellie Mae Foundation grant.  A friend wrote today to say, “There is no public school in NH who deserves the recognition more for a job well done than Pittsfield. They are so property poor it is a struggle but they wanted their children to have better schools—so with a trusted leader and strong community will and support, the faculty and students really have shown how schools can personalize education and improve outcomes for the students.”

Please vote for Pittsfield – and pass it on!

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New Hampshire students score high in the new NAEP results

Here’s the release from the New Hampshire Department of Education on the just released national test results:

New Hampshire Students Make Significant Gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Mathematics and Reading Assessments

Fourth and Eighth Graders Among the Highest Scorers in the NationNew Hampshire students continued to show consistent improvement in math and reading in the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a congressionally mandated, federally administered test of sampled students nationwide.

Fifty-nine percent of the tested New Hampshire fourth graders showed proficiency in math, up from 43 percent a decade ago and 57 percent two years ago, putting New Hampshire in the top three states nationwide.

Forty-five percent of sampled fourth graders showed proficiency in reading, up from 40 percent a decade ago and 43 percent two years ago, putting New Hampshire in the top six states in the country.

Forty-seven percent of the tested New Hampshire eighth graders were proficient in math, up from 35 percent a decade ago and 44 percent two years ago, placing New Hampshire in the top five of all states in the nation.

Forty-four percent of the sampled eighth graders were proficient in reading, up from 40 percent in 2011, placing New Hampshire in the top eight of all states.

“This is an affirmation of the tireless efforts of New Hampshire’s public schools to improve instruction in a variety of ways, and I applaud our students and educators for all their work,” New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry said. “But we need to also recognize that we should expect more of, and for, our children and continue to make sure all of our students achieve their full potential. As a state, we must continue to improve our standards in reading and math to help prepare our children for college and career.”

The National Assessment of Educational Progress, referred to as “the Nation’s Report Card,” is administered at the state level every two years. Nationwide, more than 700,000 students were assessed for NAEP 2013. In New Hampshire, nearly 12,000 students, reflecting state demographics, were assessed last year.

For questions regarding New Hampshire’s NAEP 2013 Mathematics and Reading results, contact Tim Eccleston, New Hampshire’s NAEP Program Administrator at (603) 271-2298 or Timothy.Eccleston@doe.nh.gov. For a complete summary of NAEP 2013 results, visit the New Hampshire Department of Education NAEP webpage:www.education.nh.gov/instruction/assessment/naep/index.htm. Additional NAEP information can be found at the Nation’s Report Card Web site, www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard.