To continue efforts to build a strong K-12 public education system that will prepare New Hampshire's young people to be college- and career-ready, the New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE) announced that it has received a $65,000 grant from a cooperative of four national organizations.
“I am very pleased to work with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), National Conference of State Legislators, (NCSL), State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) and the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices,” Commissioner Virginia Barry said, “and I am thankful for the resources these institutions will offer to support our ongoing efforts on behalf of New Hampshire’s children.”
In June, the state of New Hampshire received a waiver from 10 sections of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Since then, the New Hampshire Department of Education has been working on innovative reforms that will help all students prepare for the jobs of the innovation economy. Those efforts include: continuing to provide support to innovative local school districts that embrace the state’s new and rigorous mathematics and English language arts standards; reducing duplicative and unnecessary paperwork; and supporting effective instruction and leadership.
“We are grateful that the Department will receive support to continue to help New Hampshire’s students prepare for the jobs of the 21st century while also supporting our most underserved students, closing achievement gaps and improving the quality of instruction while also protecting local control," Deputy Commissioner Paul Leather said.
The grant will also help the Department and educators across the state: continue to work with in-state partners to provide professional development; engage policy makers on the importance of developing college- and career-ready students; support districts working towards implementing the new standards; and craft New Hampshire-specific approaches to implementing college- and career-ready standards.
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