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Thursday, March 05, 2015

New Hampshire Moves Forward with Accountability Pilot

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (March 5, 2015) - The New Hampshire Department of Education announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has approved New Hampshire's plan to pilot in four school districts a first-in-the-nation accountability strategy that offers a reduced level of standardized testing together with locally managed assessments.

"I am thrilled the State of New Hampshire has been given the flexibility it needs to move forward in implementing the accountability pilot it has thoughtfully developed, in partnership with classroom teachers, to drive us to improved approaches to accountability that best meet the needs of students," said Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. "Under this new, innovative pilot, New Hampshire will begin transitioning to a new system that will continue to administer assessments at least once a year to provide parents, students, and teachers with real-time information about what students know and are able to do."

Through the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Council of Chief State School Officers wants every state to have the flexibility and space for this level of innovation under a new, stable federal law while still holding schools accountable for results.

Learn more about CCSSO's Key Priorities for ESEA Reauthorization.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.