Tag: Standardized Testing

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

Defining School Choice

What exactly is school choice? School Choice is a term used extensively in political, education policy, and advocate circles, but what does it mean? In the strictest sense it refers to the various educational institutions available to families, namely public, charter, private and religious schools. This is the most widely accepted definition across the country. Read More

Alternative College Exams

A major reason why Common Core is a threat to school choice is that the aligned high-stakes tests may drive curriculum choices for public and private schools as well as home education programs. Prospective college students face competitive entrance requirements and now the standard admission tests – the SAT and ACT – are aligned to 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

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

Discussing HB 1637 on Local Radio Station

Earlier today I had the opportunity to be on the Girard at Large radio show with guest host, Senator Kevin Avard. We discussed HB 1637, the school choice for small towns bill, aka the Croydon bill. Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed the bill a couple weeks ago although it could have helped more than a dozen Read More

Choice Without Strings Attached

We have been carefully tracking the progress of House Bill 1637, the school choice for small towns bill. The bill’s intention is to facilitate programs such as the one in Croydon that enables small school districts to tuition out students of any grade level if it is not available within their resident district. It would Read More

Save School Choice, Kill HB 1637

House Bill 1637, the school choice for small towns bill, was corrupted by the Senate with amendment #1736s which would require private schools to adopt Common Core and administer the aligned statewide assessments. This would harm private schools with existing tuition agreements with public school districts as well as the Croydon school choice program and Read More

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