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5:31 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Common Core Comes To Concord

New Hampshire lawmakers are going to learn more about the Common Core State Standards Tuesday. A forum on the education reform comes as the educational standards have increasingly become a flash point for local education activists.

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Education
8:44 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

High-Profile Critic Of Education Reform Comes To N.H.

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Diane Ravitch, one of the nation's loudest voices against efforts by recent presidents to reform American education, says teachers should be able to make changes to the new Common Core State Standards that New Hampshire schools are implementing now.

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Education
4:15 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Common Applicaton Glitch Forces Dartmouth To Postpone Early Admission

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Dartmouth College officials say technical problems with the Common Application are prompting them to postpone the deadline for early admissions applications by one week.

The deadline has been changed from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8.

Student newspaper The Dartmouth reports reports the Admissions Office received calls from concerned students, counselors and students who were having trouble creating accounts to utilize the Common Application software.

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Education
1:17 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

In Response To Pressure, Manchester Votes To Strengthen Common Core Standards

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  The Manchester School Board has voted to modify a new set of state-wide education standards to make them more rigorous.

The vote was in response to pressure from critics of the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted in 45 states.

The Manchester School District will create something called the “Manchester Academic Standards.” However, the Common Core standards will still form the foundation for the district’s new goalposts.

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2:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Breaking Ground: Yesterday's Dropouts

Every year more than one million students fail to graduate from high school on time. But we rarely explore what happens next. What are these students’ lives like 10, 20, even 40 years after they leave the classroom? Do they ever get a second chance?

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Education
4:05 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Pinkerton Academy Social Studies Teacher Named N.H.'s Top Educator

Pinkerton Academy teacher Joe Lee, left, talks with last year's New Hampshire Teacher of the Year Heidi Welch, right.
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Pinkerton Academy social studies teacher Joe Lee is the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year.

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Education
4:04 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Goodbye, Jeans? Pinkerton Academy Wants Students To Dress For Success

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Pinkerton Academy in Derry is considering a unified dress code, which would require students to wear business casual attire.

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Education
5:12 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Most-Improved N.H. Schools Recognized Under New Formula

Bob Jones, Principal from Woodsville High School, is recognized for having zero dropouts in the 2011-2012 school year
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The State Department of Education recognized 38 high performing New Hampshire schools Tuesday. The schools were highlighted for improved test scores, and innovative practices.

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Education
4:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

UNH Dives In To Marine Science

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The University of New Hampshire has started a new school of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, focusing on newer topics such as adaptations to climate change and coastal planning, in addition to marine biology and oceanography.

The school is the first interdisciplinary one at UNH and will provide graduate and undergraduate courses.

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Education
4:39 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

N.H. Works On $37.5m Early Childhood Grant; Hopes to Improve Child Care Quality

A student plays with a hamster at Live and Learn early education center in Lee.
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New Hampshire officials are working on an application for a federal Race to the Top Grant for Early Childhood Education. If the state is selected in this round, it could receive up to $37.5 million dollars to support initiatives to improve childcare and preschool programs all over the state. While there is growing interest in pre-k issues the challenges standing in the way of better or more affordable childcare are daunting.

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Education
7:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

School Year Gets Underway This Week For Most Granite State Students

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Another school year gets underway this week for most students across the Granite State.

Governor Maggie Hassan will greet students at Nashua High School South Tuesday morning.

Later in the day, Hassan will do the same for students at Pleasant Street Elementary School in Laconia.

This year marks a transition for New Hampshire schools to what are referred to as the Common Core State Standards.

This year, schools are expected to align their teaching to the Common Core, a set of learning goals for public school students.

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Education
4:47 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

State's Largest Head Start Program Feels Sequester Pinch

Federal sequester cuts are starting to sting for the state’s largest Head Start program. Southern New Hampshire Services has received a grant that is about 5 percent smaller than last years. SNHS provides pre-k programs for low-income families in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services announced a grant of $5.3 million on Wednesday, or about $300,000 less than last year.

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Education
2:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Three New Charter Schools Get OK To Open In New Hampshire

The state Board of Education has given the green light for three new charter schools to open in New Hampshire.

Their approval was made possible after the Legislature set aside $3.4 million in the state budget for new charter schools.

The Gate City Charter School for the Arts was one of the schools to get approval from the board at a meeting on Thursday.

The school is planned for Nashua and will offer an arts-focused curriculum, starting with grades K through 4. It will open next fall.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New Manchester Superintendent Embracing Critical School Audit

Kindergarteners busy at the computer at Hallsville Elementary School in Manchester.
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The new school superintendent in Manchester says a recent audit taking the school district to task in several areas should be used as a blueprint to help address those is

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Education
8:09 am
Wed July 3, 2013

'No Child' Waiver Will Increase Flexibility

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  Last week New Hampshire at long last was granted a waiver from the Bush-era education reform law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The federal government first announced the waivers in 2011 because of congressional inaction to reform No Child Left Behind. New Hampshire was the 39th state to be granted one.

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Education
2:53 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Stafford Student Loan Interest Rates Double, After Congress Fails To Act

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Interest rates on newly issued subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday.

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation has been working with families to help them understand what that means when planning for college.

As of July 1, the interest rate jumps from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Tara Payne is vice president of the Center for College Planning.

She says her concern is that students who qualify for subsidized federal loans are the ones with the greatest need.

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Education
11:53 am
Fri June 28, 2013

USNH Trustees Freeze In-State Tuition For Next Two Years

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The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees voted Friday to freeze tuition for in-state students for the next two years.

The move comes after lawmakers agreed to substantially restore funding cuts made to the system in the last budget.

The tuition freeze for in-state students marks the first time in 25 years the cost of attending University System of New Hampshire schools will not rise.

After the Legislature cut support for higher education in half in the last budget, tuition rose by 9 percent in 2011 and by another 6 percent last year.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Community Colleges Freeze Tuition For 2013-14 School Year

Tuition at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will remain frozen for the next academic school year.

The decision comes after lawmakers signed off on a state budget that fully restores deep cuts made to the system in the last budget.

Chancellor Ross Gittell says the restoration of funding allows the community college system to hold the line on tuition for the upcoming school year.

He says it will also be used to help align education and training programs with the needs of businesses.

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Education
2:58 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

N.H.'s Application For No Child Left Behind Waiver Approved

The U.S. Department of Education has approved New Hampshire’s application for a waiver from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan informed state officials today that their application had been accepted.

The waiver frees the state from ten different sections of the controversial education law, which calls for universal math and English proficiency by 2014.

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Education
6:14 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Ed Tax Program In Holding Pattern Pending Supreme Court Action

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New Hampshire’s new Education Tax Credit Program has been around for all of six months, and so far, it’s had a rough time.

Last week a superior court ruled the program can’t give scholarships to religious schools But this is just the latest difficulty for the program.

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Education
12:25 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

N.H. NCLB Waiver Passed Over By Feds; State Says Acceptance Is Imminent

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The US department of education announced another round of waivers from the controversial federal education policy, No Child Left Behind, and once again New Hampshire’s application for a waiver has been passed over.

New Hampshire Education officials say that they believe the waiver will be granted imminently.   

It has been ten months since New Hampshire applied for flexibility from the requirements of No Child Left Behind, and several rounds of waivers for other states have been approved since the application was submitted.

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Education
11:21 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Manchester Superintendent Search Down To Three Finalists

The search for a new superintendent of the Manchester School District is expected to wrap up this weekend.

The search committee announced the names of three finalists for the job this week.

Two – Debra Livingston and Maureen Ward – are from New Hampshire.

Livingston is the superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District, which covers several towns in the southwestern part of the state.

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Education
5:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Pulling Back The Camera, What Can We Expect From The Common Core

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NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown has spent this week digging into the Common Core Standards, which will roll out in New Hampshire schools next year.  He joins us now to pull the camera back a bit, and talk about what the Common Core means in the big picture. 

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Education
5:30 am
Thu June 6, 2013

New 'Smarter Balanced' Test Will Ask More Of Students

26 states are signed on the Smarter Balanced Test, which was created with funds from federal Race to the Top Grants. New Hampshire is a "governing member" meaning it has a say in policy decisions made on the tests.
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With the new Common Core State Standards comes a new standardized test, called the Smarter Balanced Assessment. New Hampshire schools will take it for the first time in the spring of 2015, and in many ways, it’s the new test that will determine how the Common Core is taught.

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Education
5:30 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Change To The Common Core Will Be "Messy"

Mahesh Sharma, a math education consultant, works with a class of kindergartners in Meredith as teachers watch during a recent professional development day. Work like this is going on all over the state to get teachers ready for the Common Core
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Next year is the deadline for New Hampshire schools to transition to the Common Core State Standards. This means a change in topics for different grades, and a change in how teachers teach. For some schools this will be a big change, but others are well on their way to adapting to the new academic standards.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Common Core Skeptics And Supporters Cut Across Political Boundaries

At the Manchester Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting last week, slightly more than a dozen concerned citizens turned out to voice their opposition to the district's adopting the Common Core. While activists opposed to the standards are dedicated, in New Hampshire it remains a fringe issue.
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The Common Core State Standards, a set of goal posts for public school students that have been adopted by 45 states, are well on their way to being implemented in New Hampshire. But those same standards are at the center of a widening backlash in other states that hasn’t really caught on in New Hampshire.

Support and opposition to the Common Core does not break down cleanly along party lines. On the one hand, Florida’s former Republican governor Jeb Bush is a big supporter of the standards, as are many liberal politicians.

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Education
5:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

The Common Core State Standards: Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

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As this school year comes to a close, teachers are preparing for next fall, when a massive transition will begin. Starting next year, schools are expected to align their teaching to the Common Core State Standards. Those standards are a set of learning goals for public school students that have been adopted in 45 states and the District of Colombia. Released in 2010, they lay out what students should know when they finish each grade.

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Education
1:09 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Common Core Comes To New Hampshire

By the 2014-2015 school year, the new Common Core State Standards are set to be in full effect.

  • What are the Common Core standards?
  • Where do they come from?
  • Why the push for new educational standards at all?
  • What arguments are critics making against it?
  • What exactly will change for students & teachers in the classroom?
  • How will the new standardized testing affect school curriculum?

In a week-long series, NHPR education reporter Sam Evans-Brown answers all these questions and more on the Common Core.

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Education
3:33 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Practice Test For NECAP Replacement Released

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Starting today New Hampshire teachers and students can get a preview of the standardized test that will replace the New England Common Assessment or NECAP in 2015. The Smarter Balanced Assessment opened a practice test to the public Wednesday. The practice tests in Math and English for grades three through eight, and grade eleven can be accessed through the Smarter Balanced consortium’s website.

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Education
4:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

N.H. Still Waiting For No Child Left Behind Flexibility

The waiver request from No Child Left Behind has been going through drafts and iterations since last August
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New Hampshire will have to wait a little longer for more flexibility from the federal education law No Child Left Behind. The US Department of Education granted three more states waivers today, but New Hampshire was not on the list.

With the addition of Alaska, Hawaii and West Virginia there are now 37 states that the DOE has exempted from many of the requirements of No Child Left Behind. Eight states, including New Hampshire, have waivers pending.

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