Department of Education en Loophole Means Many Child Restraints Go Unreported In New Hampshire <p>Like many kids with autism, Hunter Picknell has trouble expressing himself.</p><p>“His primary form of communication is sign language, but there’s certain things he can’t do with his hands and fingers because of his motor-planning issues,” says Melissa Hilton, Hunter’s mother.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“He makes kind of his own sign language, which is very idiosyncratic. We often joke around and say it is sign language with an accent.”</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:21:43 +0000 Todd Bookman 46068 at Loophole Means Many Child Restraints Go Unreported In New Hampshire Preparing N.H.'s Teachers For The Classroom <p>We finish a two-part series on the teaching profession, with a look at how we prepare our teachers.&nbsp; After criticism claiming credentialing standards in the U.S. are lax, many states, including New Hampshire, are trying to raise the bar and turn out more qualified teachers. Some say more in-classroom experience is key. But there are challenges to such changes, including the expense. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:39:57 +0000 Laura Knoy 44135 at Preparing N.H.'s Teachers For The Classroom Evaluating New Hampshire's Educators <p>Today, defining a good teacher has become far more complex than we might remember from our own schooldays. Many states now rely on student test scores as a major way to assess teacher quality, while others also use classroom observations, student evaluations, and lesson plan reviews. Backers of tougher assessments argue that since U.S. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 44185 at Evaluating New Hampshire's Educators Final NECAP Scores For New Hampshire Show No Real Change <p>Fresh results from New England Common Assessment Program tests, or NECAP, are in.&nbsp;</p><p>The New Hampshire Department of Education says student performance in math, reading and writing stayed essentially the same as last year.</p><p>The DOE says that while the percentage of students in the proficient or above level went up or down a few points in each category, the changes weren’t statistically significant.</p><p>Overall, 77% of students tested were proficient or above in reading. That’s down from 79% last year. 65% in math (down from 68%) and 58% percent in writing (up from 55%).</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:11:08 +0000 Ryan Lessard 43208 at Final NECAP Scores For New Hampshire Show No Real Change SNHU's College For America Receives D.O.E. Approval <p></p><p>In his <a href="" target="_blank">state of the union</a> address in February, President Obama asked for legislative help in making higher education more accessible to American students.</p><blockquote><p>“So tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria -- where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.”</p></blockquote><p>The President’s calls for reform come at a time when an estimated 40 million Americans want to go further with their education. Beyond the rhetoric, Obama’s 2013 budget outlined plans to overcome common barriers to getting a degree, including access, affordability, and completion. An initiative from Southern New Hampshire University is looking to change that.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:56:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25819 at SNHU's College For America Receives D.O.E. Approval