United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced on June 11, 2012, that the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) has been approved to receive approximately $5 million through the U.S. Department of Education over the next three years to build upon a state-driven student data collection and analysis system using data to transform education and student outcomes. This award supports the four key foundations of the NH DOE Education Reform Agenda: a commitment to world class standards and 21st century assessment; a framework to ensure effective teachers and leaders; supports for schools, especially schools that have traditionally struggled; and an integrated data system to enable these initiatives.
In a letter to Arne Duncan in December of 2011, Senator Shaheen wrote “I am proud of the work NH DOE has already done to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for education reform in our state. Expanding the use of high quality data will increase the ability of stakeholders to improve instruction and student outcomes.”
Virginia M. Barry, Ph.D., NH Commissioner of Education, stated that “This grant will support the NH DOE Education Reform Agenda.” The grant focuses on three overarching projects:
- The Evaluation of Effective Educators
Building on extensive work that has been created by a Task Force on Effective Teaching and Leadership, data collection, analysis and management tools will be developed to create a state-wide data system to support teacher and leader effectiveness.
- Informed Decision-Making
As a national leader, the NH DOE has been recognized for its implementation of a system that enables educators in schools across the state to analyze student performance through multiple measures in an effort to improve instruction. This initiative will expand on our prior success to provide decision makers with rich sets of data and analysis tools to inform decisions that directly impact teaching and learning on a day-to-day basis.
- College and Career Readiness
The Governor of New Hampshire, working in close concert with the NH DOE, has been leading the nation in his efforts to reduce the high school drop–out rate to zero. NH DOE recognizes that K-12 public schools must ensure students are prepared for success in both college and career. Through this grant the NH DOE will implement an early warning system using key indicators that predict high school difficulties. Additionally, college and career readiness data will be collected and analyzed to help K-12 schools improve postsecondary preparation.
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