Tom Raffio: It would be a blow to NH if Common Core gains were reversed
Melissa Keenan, assistant superintendent at White Mountains Regional School District, testified to the House Education Committee that, “in 2010, when we adopted the Common Core State Standards, we were a district in crisis.” Now the district’s results are much improved, and Common Core is “challenging our students to read and write critically across the curriculum (and) research an argument that is well supported.”
I am aware, as we all are, of the controversy surrounding the standards and the difficulties some states have experienced while implementing the standards in a way that benefits children. That is why I am all the more proud of our accomplishments here in New Hampshire.
Our Department of Education negotiated the best No Child Left Behind waiver in the country. With the support of the legislature, our teachers, their unions and our superintendents, the waiver allowed us to implement the new standards and the required annual assessments in a way that supports teachers and learning. We have avoided the high stakes approach taken by other states.
It would be a blow to New Hampshire companies and to New Hampshire public education if any of these anti-Common Core bills were to become law.
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