The New Hampshire Department of Education released its draft plan to comply with the federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), according to NHPR. ESSA replaces the 2003 No Child Left Behind act.
Reaching Higher NH will be providing materials in the coming days to help the public better understand what is in the plan and what it means for our classrooms. The state is asking for public comment on the plan over the next 30 days.
ESSA gives states considerably more control over their education systems:
The law rolls back some of the federal government’s control over education policy, giving states the power to set their own goals. States then present their plans to the federal Department of Education for approval.
The draft version of New Hampshire’s plan, released today, looks to take advantage of the new flexibility. It stresses competency-based assessments in lieu of standardized tests as well as vocational education tied to current industry needs.
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