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Reaching Higher NH featured in WMUR’s Primary Source!

Reaching Higher NH featured in WMUR’s Primary Source!

Reaching Higher NH’s launch has been featured on WMUR’s Primary Source, which covers breaking political news in New Hampshire. We are excited to formally announce the bipartisan coalition of parents, teachers, businesses, and communities to the Granite State! REACHING HIGHER NEW HAMPSHIRE. A new bipartisan effort grassroots effort to “support, […]

NH Legislator outlines plan to increase high school graduation and college attendance rates in 2016 session

NH Legislator outlines plan to increase high school graduation and college attendance rates in 2016 session

Rep. Wayne Burton (D-Durham), in a Concord Monitor opinion piece, outlined the importance of higher education and his plan to achieve the new statewide goal to have 65% of Granite Staters will hold a post-secondary credential or degree by 2025. 

Recent Pre-K studies show again: quality is everything

Recent Pre-K studies show again: quality is everything

Tennessee recently released the results of two studies on their Pre-K programs, finding that any gains made by children evaporated by third grade. But other programs–including Boston-based programs–find substantial, lasting gains in reading and math scores, begging the question: why is Tennessee different?

Granite State students score higher than national average on SAT

Granite State students score higher than national average on SAT

The College Board released the score reports on the Class of 2015, and New Hampshire students scored 76 points higher than the national average. 

More NH graduates meet ACT College and Career Readiness Benchmarks

More NH graduates meet ACT College and Career Readiness Benchmarks

The results are in, and more New Hampshire students are meeting the ACT’s College and Career Ready Benchmarks than in the past five years. 

Around the learning table

A new poll says that parents don’t like standardized tests, but the story is more nuanced than that

Sixty-seven percent of public school parents felt that there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in a recent poll released by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup, reported The Washington Post. But that’s only half the story. 

Pittsfield Superintendent: District turned schools around with competency-based education

Pittsfield Superintendent: District turned schools around with competency-based education

In response to a previous student’s letter to the editor of the Concord Monitor, Pittsfield Superintendent John J. Freeman brought attention to the district’s tremendous progress in transforming its rank from the bottom tenth percentile in the state to the top 20, all while receiving national recognition for its competency-based […]

The New Hampshire teacher evaluation model: evaluation as coaching

The New Hampshire teacher evaluation model: evaluation as coaching

In contrast to the harsh approach many states have taken, the New Hampshire’s model evaluation policy is designed to help teachers and schools improve.  The New Hampshire Department of Education held 18 months of task force meetings involving teachers, unions, experts, superintendents and legislators to develop the final Model Educator Support & […]

In education, money counts: NH’s top schools often have the lowest amounts of poverty – Nashua Telegraph

In education, money counts: NH’s top schools often have the lowest amounts of poverty – Nashua Telegraph

This piece is interesting.  Danielle Curtis, the Telegraph’s education reporter, made the headlined observation, that our top ranked schools are in our wealthiest communities, as she was scanning the US News and Newsweek rankings.  She called me and others to talk it over and you can see the well crafted […]

Fewer Incoming College Students Need Remediation, Research Shows (EdWeek)

The need for remedial courses to get high school graduates up to college speed has been an issue here in New Hampshire, with some legislators last year proposing fiscal penalties for high schools who’s students need remediation in New Hampshire colleges.  This new report does not have state-by-state statistics, but […]