Tag: Competency-Based Education

Part 3 — 2016 Legislative Losses

This is part three in a series that will detail the 2016 legislation session. Like last year, this session had mixed results, and in many ways it was a tough year. However, we have a victory even here. Although several good bills failed, no bad bills passed. This is a major accomplishment. There are two Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of February 8, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of February 8, 2016. Some bills are starting to work their way through the committee to the entire House for a vote. They are clearly marked and we encourage the public to contact all of their representatives. However, most of the bills are scheduled for a Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of February 1, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of February 1, 2016. Some bills are starting to work their way through the committee to the entire House for a vote. They are clearly marked and we encourage the public to contact all of their representatives. However, most of the bills are scheduled for public Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 25, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of January 25, 2016. Unless otherwise marked, the bills are scheduled for a public hearing which is the opportunity to provide testimony or commentary. This is the best chance to communicate with the committee members and share your opinion on the bills. The public may sign Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 18, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of January 18, 2016 — it’s a big week! Unless otherwise marked, the bills are scheduled for a public hearing which is the opportunity to provide testimony or commentary. This is the best chance to communicate with the committee members and share your opinion on the Read More

Common Core Architect in Concord

Dr. Marc Tucker, one of the chief  “architects” of Common Core State Standards, gave a special presentation to New Hampshire legislators on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. He was invited by leading members of the House Education Committee: Rep. Rick Ladd (Chairman), Rep. Mary Gile (former Chairman and ranking Democrat), and Rep. Terry Wolf (recently named Read More

PACE — When is an Assessment Not a Test? Answer: NEVER

The New Hampshire Department of Education boasts about the new, experimental assessment program they are developing. It is called the Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE). On the surface, PACE sounds good. It attempts to replace a single high-stakes assessment (the Common-Core aligned Smarter Balanced Assessment); claims to reduce testing; and gives the perception that Read More

HB 603 — Overturn the Veto

On June 12th, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed HB 603, the bill that would explicitly write parent’s rights to refuse their child’s participation in statewide assessments into New Hampshire statute. In her veto message, Gov. Hassan states that students must take these assessments to ensure our state’s competitive economic future and prepare our children for the Read More

HB 323 Goes Down to the Wire

The Committee of Conference met every day this week to discuss House Bill 323, the statewide assessment and NCLB Waiver bill. Their task was to reconcile the different versions as passed by the House and Senate. This was the most important and contentious education bill of the entire year with more than 35 amendments introduced Read More

HB 323 — Committee of Conference Update

The Committee of Conference will meet on Monday, June 15th at 9:30am in the Legislative Office Building room 207. The committee members are Representatives Rick Ladd, Glenn Cordelli, Terry Wolf, and Barbara Shaw, and Senators Jeb Bradley, John Reagan, and David Watters. To date we have seen one amendment, #2104 proposed by Rep. Ladd. Others Read More

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