Sununu signs school assessment test opt-out

May 30, 2018
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Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 1744, which gives parents and guardians the right to opt students out of statewide assessment tests.

HB 1744 states that a school cannot penalize a student that opts out. The bill also prohibits the state from penalizing a school district that has a lower participation rate in statewide assessment tests.

Bill supporters argue that parents have the right to guide the education of their children. Statewide assessment tests have been criticized for many reasons, including their reliance on Common Core curriculum.

Senate passes assessment opt-out

Apr 20, 2018
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On Thursday, April 19 the state Senate passed a bill that allows parents to opt their children out of statewide assessment tests, without penalty.

The bill, HB 1744, now heads to Gov. Chris Sununu for his signature or veto.

Demand for a law to opt-out

State law requires each school district to administer assessment tests at least once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school. These assessment tests are used to evaluate school performance.

Lower standardized test scores in NH

Oct 25, 2017

New Hampshire has the final results for last year's standardized assessment tests, and students in grades 3 through 8 scored lower in both math and English.

Are students and teachers failing?

Overall there was a 3% decline in students scoring proficient in English, and a 2% decline in math.

At first glance, it seems there was a shortcoming in teaching last year. Usually scores improve year over year as students and teachers become more familiar with a test.

NH Dept. of Education announces vendor for new standardized tests

Sep 16, 2017
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On September 13 the New Hampshire Department of Education announced that American Institutes for Research (AIR) will develop new statewide assessment tests in English and mathematics.

The assessment tests will replace the Smarter Balanced assessments, which are affiliated with the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

However, Common Core is still the basis of New Hampshire's education standards, so the new assessment tests will still judge how well students are mastering Common Core material.

Statewide SAT results show some gaps

Aug 29, 2016

As students prepare to return to school, the state Department of Education released preliminary results for last year's statewide SAT test. 

Last year New Hampshire replaced the 11th grade Smarter Balanced assessment with the SAT.

Overall 67% of students met College and Career Readiness (CCR) Benchmark in English language arts. 41% met the CCR Benchmark in mathematics.

Opt-out for Common Core test?

Mar 18, 2016

Next Wednesday, March 23 the New Hampshire House will vote on HB 1338, a bill that would allow students to opt-out of statewide assessment tests.

Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a similar bill last year, HB 603.

Smarter Balanced results are in

Nov 13, 2015

On November 12 the New Hampshire Department of Education released the 2015 results for the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the national test associated with the Common Core curriculum.

New Hampshire students scored above the national average in every grade and subject tested.

The results suggest there is still room for improvement in math education, however. New Hampshire 11th graders scored just above the national average, for example.

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