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.