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NH State Board of Education Adopts Common Core State Standards

The State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards at their July 8th meeting. They held two public hearings in order to receive direct feedback. At the June Board Meeting, June 9th, they discussed the English/Language Arts standards. At the July meeting, July 8th, they received feedback first on the mathematics standards and any additional comments on the English/Language Arts standards. Since February 2010 the NH Department of Education has received feedback from the general public, parents, educators at all levels (preK-16), and organizations representing a wide range of interests to help the State Board of Education make a decision on whether or not to adopt the standards for NH.

The Board’s motion states that they are adopting the Common Core State Standards in principle and that they are committed to “a thoughtful, orderly transition process for implementation and assessment to ensure that all New Hampshire students experience a successful and productive future.” The State Board of Education will expect regular reports from the Department on the progress of implementation.

NH Commissioner of Education, Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D. said, “These standards seek to provide a clear consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. Common standards will help ensure that students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state.”
The final version of the K-12 Common Core State Standards was released on June 2, 2010. The standards, in literacy and mathematics, were developed through a joint project of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed to define the knowledge and skills students should have in order to graduate from high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. They are intended to be clear, rigorous, and to build on the strengths of current state standards, in order to ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in our global society.

The Department will support districts in the alignment of our NH standards to the Common Core Standards and in the transition from NECAP to a new assessment based on the Common Core. This process will happen over the next five years.

For more information on the Common Core Standards and New Hampshire’s transition process, including support documents, go to


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