Manchester, Nashua miss testing minimum

Jun 05, 2015

This year the Manchester and Nashua school districts missed the federal minimum participation rate for standardized tests.


Federal law requires schools to administer standardized tests to receive funding.  A school district faces sanctions if fewer than 95% of students take a test.


This year New Hampshire premiered the Smarter Balanced standardized tests based on Common Core curriculum.  Due to opposition to Common Core, some parents pulled their children out of the tests.  Both Manchester and Nashua missed the 95% threshold for test participation.

NH pilots Smarter Balanced test alternative

Mar 06, 2015

The federal government has approved a pilot program for New Hampshire schools to replaced Smarter Balanced standardized tests with assessments written by local teachers.

Federal law requires school districts to administer standardized tests at regular intervals.  The results of those tests are used to evaluate school performance and target federal funding. 


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