PACE

Shifting the from high stakes, one-size-fits-all testing to meaningful, real-time assessment is changing classrooms across NH.

New Hampshire is answering the call for more relevant assessments and less “teaching to the test” with its locally-developed performance assessment program.

The Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) is a first-of-its-kind pilot that replaces standardized tests with personalized, authentic assessments developed by New Hampshire teachers.

These assessments are designed to support deeper learning and to be more integrated into students’ day-to-day work than current standardized tests. Meaningful assessment is a key part of a strategy to ensure students are getting the most out of their education.

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NH Education Policy Bill Tracker, 2021 Session

Reaching Higher NH's Education Bill Tracker returns with this calendar, automatically updated with information on public hearings, executive sessions, and other meetings by the...

Loss of $89 million in state funding could mean budgetary collapse for NH schools

New Hampshire public schools will face an $89 million loss in state funding in 2022 without further action from lawmakers, according to documents from...

Extended Learning Opportunities continue to flourish despite challenges

Matthew Long became enamored with bacteria during his first year at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, when a visiting professor from UNH brought a...

NH Education Roundup, Jan. 19, 2021

In this week's Education News Brief: NEA-NH presses Gov. Sununu on teacher vaccination schedule; new data on in-person learning and COVID-19 spread released; communities anticipate...

NH Education Roundup, Jan. 11, 2021

In this week's Education News Brief: Executive Council accepts charter school grant money, Sununu addresses school funding, preschool/kindergarten enrollment declines, Concord School District pilots web monitoring...

Holding space for difficult conversations after the Capitol attack? Consider these resources

The storming of the United States Capitol by a mob intent on sabotaging our democracy and the processes that uphold it has left many...

NH Education Roundup, Jan. 6, 2021

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH’s Education News Brief, Reaching Higher previews the upcoming Legislative session, NH’s Teacher of the Year helps feed...

PODCAST: New Year, New Chapter

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2fYNWBeeTYiicWunNesPeH?si=hCRlUjPdRWesY-AtyQ8gyQ In this episode of School Talk, a conversation with Reaching Higher's Policy Director, Christina Pretorius, about the upcoming Legislative session, and a story about 2021...

Getting back to basics: Teacher of the year ensures students’ needs are met

As the school day gets underway on the Friday before Thanksgiving at Ledge Street School in Nashua, English Language teacher Danielle Boutin is in...

NH Education Roundup, Dec. 21, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH’s Education News Brief: Pending ConVal decision may affect school funding debate; new data shows more students are...

NH Education Roundup, Dec. 14, 2020

Reaching Higher Mourns Passing of Rep. Dick Hinch -- Reaching Higher NH joins the Legislative community in mourning the loss of House Republican Leader...

NH Academy of Science becomes first approved Learn Everywhere program

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, the NH State Board of Education approved the state’s first Learn Everywhere program, the New Hampshire Academy of Science...

NH Fiscal Committee Gives $46 Million Federal Charter School Grant a Green Light

On Friday, December 11, 2020, Joint Fiscal Committee voted 7-3 to accept the first $10 million of a 5-year federal Charter School Program (CSP)...

NH Education Roundup, Dec. 7, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH’s Education News Brief, Reaching Higher launches its new school funding video and announces new leadership, the Commission...

Reaching Higher welcomes new leadership, prepares for new year

An eventful year lies ahead for educators and policymakers, and Reaching Higher NH is ready to provide key tools and resources to inform dialogue...

Reaching Higher NH proudly presents our new school funding video

When Jacob moves to another town halfway through his junior year, his high school experience feels like a different world. Follow his journey as...

Will school funding reform succeed this time?

Members of the School Funding Commission are confident that their work will go further than past attempts to address school funding inequities. Nevertheless, the...

PODCAST: Quest for Equity

The Commission to Study School Funding released its final report on Dec. 1. In this new podcast episode, Quest for Equity, four members of...

The School Funding Commission’s report at a glance

Part Two of a Five-Day Series The Commission to Study School Funding released its final report on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Here’s a brief summary of...

School Funding Commission to publish final report

On Tuesday, December 1, the Commission to Study School Funding will release its final report summarizing nearly a year of research and outlining recommendations...

NH Education Roundup, Nov. 23, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH’s Education News Brief: Lunch program paperwork presents funding concerns; School Funding Commission report will reflect individual perspectives;...

NH Education Roundup, Nov. 16, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH's Education News Brief: Linda Darling-Hammond named to Biden’s transition team; State Board of Education hears concerns about...

NH Education Roundup, Nov. 9, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH's Education News Brief: The School Funding Commission discusses Career and Technical Education and other categorical aid programs;...

NH Education Roundup, Nov. 2, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH’s Education News Brief: Manchester West High School students address the School Funding Commission; Reaching Higher raises questions...

NH DOE’s newest state partner requires “unambiguous consent” to students’ online data, raising questions...

Privacy Disclosure: In this article, we link to the Modern States website; by visiting that website, your personal information may be collected, used, retained,...

Manchester English Learners request fair funding

One day in the English Language advisory group she leads at Manchester West High School, Liz Kirwan asked her students to brainstorm the differences...

NH Education Roundup, Oct. 26, 2020

DOE Division Director Stephen Appleby (left) and State Board of Education Member Cindy Chagnon (right) announce Danielle Boutin (center) as the 2021 NH Teacher...

NH Education Roundup, Oct. 19, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH's Education News Brief: Gov. Sununu announces $45 million for schools; School Funding Commission hears from Massachusetts policy experts...

NH Education Roundup, Oct. 13, 2020

This week in Education News: October 13, 2020 In this issue of Reaching Higher NH's Education News Brief: The Joint Legislative Education Committee hears educators' concerns;...

Vacation towns make room for new students

By Sarah Earle For years, the tiny community of Waterville Valley fretted over enrollment in its neighborhood school. At its peak enrollment, Waterville Valley Elementary...

District leaders, educators express funding frustrations to Education Committee

Educators and school officials addressed the Joint Legislative Education Committee on Wednesday, October 7, sharing success stories related to school openings while also describing...

NH Education Roundup, Oct. 2, 2020

This Week in NH Education News: October 2,  2020 In this issue of Reaching Higher NH's Education News Brief: Reaching Higher's Liz Canada visits "The Exchange,"...

NH Education Roundup, Sept. 25, 2020

This Week in NH Education News: September 25,  2020 In this issue of Reaching Higher NH's Education News Brief: The NH Supreme Court hears the ConVal...

PODCAST: ConVal case will bring school funding center stage

On Thursday, Sept. 24, The NH Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the ConVal Lawsuit, which claims the state is failing to adequately fund...

School Funding Commission welcomes youth input: Sept. 23 and Oct. 7

The Commission to Study School Funding is hosting two public comment sessions dedicated to youth voices. On September 23rd and October 7th, from 4...

NH Education Roundup, Sept. 11, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH's Education News Brief: The Commission to Study School Funding gets a first look at a draft research...

Reaching Higher NH School Funding Survey Analysis

In the winter of 2020, Reaching Higher New Hampshire released a survey which sought to gather data on the public’s perception of how public...

NH Education Roundup, Aug. 28, 2020

In this issue of Reaching Higher NH's Education News Brief: Educators and school nurses share concerns to legislative committee; AIR presents simulator tool to school...
Kids around teachers desk

“It’s penny wise and pound foolish”: Teachers reflect on how disparities in pay affect...

Every year around mid summer, the dreaded courtesy phone calls between school superintendents begin. One district unexpectedly loses a teacher to a higher paying...

Policy Brief: Teacher Salary Schedules in New Hampshire

These policy briefs explore variations in salaries across New Hampshire, focusing exclusively on salary step schedule data for NH-certified teachers with Bachelor’s degrees, and...

Community on the brink: Idyllic New Hampshire town beset by school budget battles

Roots run deep in the small town of Hopkinton, a rural community just west of New Hampshire’s capital. Many residents can trace their lineage...

Rising to the challenge: NH’s largest school district reflects on remote learning

In March, when Gov. Sununu issued his first emergency order shutting down in-person schooling, Manchester educators, like everyone else, hoped that life would return...

Technical Assistance: The Drive to 65 Act

The intent of this publication is to provide stakeholders with an orientation to and interpretation of SB 276. This document may be used as...

Governor Sununu announces $1.5 million in federal funding to K-12 private, religious, & home...

On Tuesday, July 28, Governor Chris Sununu announced that he will earmark $1.5 million in federal CARES Act funding to organizations that distribute scholarships...

Analysis finds CARES Act would provide estimated $213 per student for costs related to...

Last week, the state issued guidelines on how schools might reopen in the fall amid the national coronavirus pandemic. The recommendations left decisions on...

Governor issues back to school recommendations

On Tuesday, July 14, Governor Chris Sununu released recommendations for public school reopening in the fall. The recommendations, which were developed by the NH...

Your voice matters! School funding commission sets aside public comment period, beginning on July...

As the state’s Commission to Study School Funding continues to hear from state departments and organizations, they will set aside standalone time on a...

Lessons Learned: Assessing the successes and challenges of remote learning and preparing for the...

It was an almost unthinkable reality. Signs outside of schools read “No school or events until further notice.” Yellow tape encircled deserted school playgrounds....

Career roadblocks: School closures disrupt students’ pathways to professions

Plymouth State University student Kassidy Silva had just begun her junior-year practicum at Franklin Middle School when the first cases of coronavirus were diagnosed...

Public hearing on Learn Everywhere bills scheduled for June 9 & 10

The House Education Committee has scheduled a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, June 9 on a bill that would block the implementation of the...

“There are elements that need to be changed”: School business managers reflect on school...

“There are things in our standards and in our mandates that we face, that could be and should be reflected in a revised definition,”...

Reaching Higher NH Statement on Racial Injustice

Reaching Higher NH stands in solidarity with those who are speaking out against racial injustice. Reaching Higher NH's mission is to provide all New...

Complex equations: Districts brace for pandemic’s economic fallout

Even before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools along with nearly every sector of the economy, the Newport School District was under financial strain. In...

NH DOE forms a public school reopening and redesign task force

On Monday, May 11, Commissioner Frank Edelblut announced a new task force that will propose recommendations to the Governor, NH Department of Education, and...

Adjustments, disappointments, and silver linings: Students reflect on remote learning

The final weeks of school are typically abuzz with celebrations and traditions, handshakes and hugs and tears. Teenagers sway to sugary dance tunes. Sweaty,...

School Funding Commission meets to divvy up work; subcommittees to convene later this week

The Commission to Study School Funding met on Monday, May 4, to review their progress to date, review the bidding progress of the external...

NH seeking $37 million in federal K-12 education relief

The NH Department of Education is seeking $37 million in coronavirus-related federal relief for the state’s K-12 schools as part of the CARES Act...

How remote learning is affecting students’ mental health

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Educators face challenges in delivering support services and addressing new hardships

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School funding commission meeting postponed until Monday, May 4

The Commission to Study School Funding’s meeting, which was originally scheduled for Monday, April 27, has been postponed until May 4. The information for...

Bridging gaps: Remote learning creates new challenges in meeting diverse student needs

Michelle Davis has spent her entire 24-year teaching career in Franklin, a quiet city tucked between the state’s capital and the White Mountains. History...

School funding commission scheduled to meet on April 27

The Commission to Study School Funding, a 16-member commission that is reexamining the way New Hampshire funds its public schools, will meet remotely via...

“We’re just trying to take it day by day”: Educators reflect on challenges and...

On ordinary weekday mornings, the network of sidewalks branching out from Christa McAuliffe School in downtown Concord host processions of children: on bikes and...

A new reality: Educators reflect on the first weeks of remote learning

On Monday and Thursday mornings at 11:30, Franklyn Bass sets aside his regular duties as interim superintendent of the Concord School District and logs...

Somersworth models self-care with SELF days

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“Remote learning is giving me new ways to connect with her learning experiences”: How...

Here at Reaching Higher NH, we’re learning how to cope with our “new normal”: working from home, while also learning how to step in...

Encouraging student voice and choice at home: How RHNH staff is adjusting to our...

Here at Reaching Higher NH, we’re learning how to cope with our “new normal”: working from home, while also learning how to step in...

“I am not expected to be perfect at this. None of us are.” How...

Here at Reaching Higher NH, we’re learning how to cope with our “new normal”: working from home, while also learning how to step in...

“See one, do one, teach one”: How RHNH staff is adjusting to our “new...

Here at Reaching Higher NH, we’re learning how to cope with our “new normal”: working from home, while also learning how to step in...

“Hooray! All day Xbox!”: How RHNH staff is adjusting to our “new normal” in...

Here at Reaching Higher NH, we’re learning how to cope with our “new normal”: working from home, while also learning how to step in...
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Governor Sununu issues executive order to give greater flexibility for online learning tools

On Wednesday, March 18, Governor Sununu signed an executive order that allows school districts greater flexibility to use online learning tools. All New Hampshire...

Join us in welcoming our three new team members!

Reaching Higher NH welcomes three new team members as we kick off 2020. Charlie Toulmin joins us as Reaching Higher’s Interim Executive Director, and...

All NH public schools will close starting on Monday, March 16 and will move...

On Sunday, March 15, Governor Chris Sununu issued an executive order requiring all public schools to close starting on Monday, March 16, and move...

Evelyn Aissa Stepping Down as Executive Director

With a mix of both sadness and considerable gratitude for her leadership, the Reaching Higher NH Board of Directors announces that Evelyn Aissa is...

Reaching Higher NH is seeking its next exceptional Executive Director

Reaching Higher is a purposeful, mission-driven organization with a Board and staff team who are deeply committed to our work. As our Executive Director,...

Community-driven plan becoming a reality for Manchester’s public schools

On Thursday, February 20, the Manchester School District Board of School Committee voted 12-1 in favor of a proposed strategic plan for city schools...

Statement from the Reaching Higher Board of Directors on Our Public Charters Analysis

In December 2019, Reaching Higher NH released an analysis on the number of open seats in 20 of the state’s 28 existing charter schools....

Commission begins reexamining public school funding

The Commission to Study School Funding, a group of six lawmakers and ten members of the public, had their third meeting of the year...

How have the number of students in NH public schools changed over time?

This article is part of our Whole Picture of Public Education project, which uses state and national data to answer the question: what influences...

Just released: Community profiles to help you learn more about your district and town

As part of our Whole Picture of Public Education series, Reaching Higher NH developed individual community and school district profiles, which help individuals examine...

Reaching Higher NH releases groundbreaking research on student learning in New Hampshire

What are the major factors that influence student learning in New Hampshire? For our youngest learners, it is their family income. But as students...

What are the major factors that influence student learning in New Hampshire?

To answer this question, Reaching Higher NH set out on a two-year project to explore how family, community, and statewide factors impact learning, and...

How do our teachers, classrooms, and other factors influence student learning?

This article is part of our Whole Picture of Public Education project, which uses state and national data to answer the question: what influences...

Harnessing the power of our communities for the benefit of our students

This article is part of our The Whole Picture of Public Education project, which uses state and national data to answer the question: what...

How economic security affects our youngest learners

This article is part of our Whole Picture of Public Education project, which uses state and national data to answer the question: what influences...

Lawmakers reject first payment of federal charter school grant, questioning long term impact

On Friday, December 13, 2019, New Hampshire’s fiscal oversight committee voted 7-3 to reject the first payment of a new $46M federal charter school...

Review of State’s Charter Schools Estimates 1,083 Open Seats in 2018-2019

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, our Board of Directors issued a statement regarding this analysis. To read it, click here. Reaching Higher NH’s most recent...

Analysis finds that doubling charter schools in NH could cost state $57 million...

In response to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee’s request for more information on charter school funding, Reaching Higher NH conducted a fiscal impact analysis...

NH lawmakers table federal charter grant, request more information

On Friday, November 8, 2019, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee voted 7-3 to table the first portion of the $46 million federal grant to...

Webinar Recording: Charter Schools in New Hampshire

Our Director of Policy and Practice, Liz Canada, will provide an introduction to charter schools in New Hampshire: from how they are created, to...

Legislative Committee Issues Final Objection to Learn Everywhere

On Thursday, October 17, a legislative oversight committee voted to delay DOE Commissioner Frank Edelblut’s proposed Learn Everywhere program, which would mandate that public...

Reaching Higher NH Presents its Manchester Proud Community Engagement Work to Board of School...

Reaching Higher NH's Director of Policy and Practice, Liz Canada, presenting in front of the Manchester Board of School Committee on October 14. Liz...

Informal Education Series: The Value of Proactive, Positive Outreach Home

After the first day of school, the boys shared that the best part of the day was, and I quote, “Hot lunch!” We heard...

Lawmakers send budget to Governor with a $138 million boost in school funding

Lawmakers have passed a state budget proposal this afternoon, which is set to be sent to the Governor for his signature. The proposal, which...

NH gets federal grant to open 27 new charter schools & rebuild authorization process

The New Hampshire Department of Education was awarded $46 million from the US Department of Education to expand the number of charter schools in...

NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness Welcomes New Director, Nicole Heimarck

Nicole Heimarck joins the New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness (the Alliance) as their Director. Heimarck, who has extensive experience as a...

As school starts across the state, some NH communities face sharp cuts in state...

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Informal Education Series: Building Trust, and Capacity, with Families

This post is about both capacity-building and building trust with families – but I’m going to tackle them in reverse, since that’s what happens...

Informal Education Series: Family Engagement Beyond Difficult Phone Calls

When I began my high school teaching career, I felt moderately confident with lesson and unit planning, creating assessments (formative and summative, of course),...

State Board of Education: Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules’ objections to Learn Everywhere based...

The State Board of Education has approved its response to a legislative oversight committee’s objections to the Learn Everywhere rule proposal at its meeting...

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