Tag: Smarter Balanced Assessments

Schedule for Week of February 19, 2018

One school choice bill has a public hearing continued this week and several have executive sessions when committees will vote. It is critical to contact committee members about these bills before their decisions are made. Below is the upcoming schedule for the next couple weeks; we include our analysis and recommendations for priority bills. As Read More

Schedule for Week of January 15, 2018

The 2018 session is well underway with a full slate of hearings in multiple committees. We are monitoring several bills and those will include our analysis and recommendations. As a courtesy, we list additional bills and meetings relevant to education issues. Of particular note this week is the House Finance Committee’s public hearing for the Read More

Break the Testing Stranglehold

HB 1744, a bill that will break the testing stranglehold on our students and teachers, will have a public hearing in the House Education Committee on Thursday, January 18 at 10:45am. This is an important school choice bill because parents – not the state – should direct their children’s education. It is also important to Read More

Failing Our Students

NH can do better by our students by empowering families with more educational opportunities. The New Hampshire Department of Education released the 2017 Smarter Balanced Assessment results earlier this week. Like many other Common Core (aka College and Career Readiness Standards) states, proficiency scores slipped in English and Math across grades three through eight. Elementary Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of March 27, 2017

We are roughly half-way through the legislative session with many bills already in “cross over,” when the House and Senate trade surviving bills. As always, the detailed schedule with our analysis and recommendations is below with legislators’ contact information at the end. Overview Public hearings are the best chance to communicate with committee members and Read More

Testing Time

New Hampshire school districts administer the statewide assessment from mid March through June. Currently they administer the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) to students in grades 3 to 8, and use the SAT for 11th graders. The SBA was designed to evaluate the performance of schools and districts, to provide a more apples-to-apples comparison across districts Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 30, 2017

This is week four of the legislative session and we’re in full stride now with several important bills scheduled for public hearings, executive sessions, and full House votes. Public hearings are the best chance to communicate with committee members and share your opinion. For the senate bills, sign the white sheet on a side table Read More

Tests and Accountability

The New Hampshire Department of Education just announced the results of the spring 2016 statewide assessments, noting that scores rose three percent from last year’s baseline. Results reflect three different assessment components: the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Common Core (aka College and Career Readiness Standards) aligned statewide test; the Performance Assessment of Competency Education Read More

Excuses, Excuses

New Hampshire administered the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the statewide test aligned to College and Career Readiness Standards (aka Common Core) to students in grades 3 to 8 for the second time in spring 2016, approximately six month ago. Most districts use computerized adaptive tests, which required updated technology purchases and teacher training. The promise was Read More

2016 Report Card

We are pleased to publish our first annual Legislator Report Card! Grades are based on the session’s school choice bills with roll calls. We followed and reported on many more bills throughout the year, but only roll calls provide direct accountability to individual Representatives and Senators. For a fuller view of this year’s school choice Read More

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