NH waiver: SAT wins out over Common Core

Aug 11, 2015 by

CONCORD — New Hampshire has been granted an additional year of flexibility from portions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), opening the door for 11th-graders in the state’s public schools to take SAT college admissions tests next spring instead of a controversial Common Core-based exam.

Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, juniors in public high schools will take the SAT instead of the controversial Smarter Balanced Assessment test. The SAT, which cost $56 to take this past school year and required a four-hour block of time on Saturdays for students at testing sites, will replace the Common Core-based Smarter Balanced for high school juniors, and will be taken during the school day. The cost will be covered by the state’s Department of Education.

The U.S. Department of Education gives waivers from parts of NCLB to qualified states that develop plans that close educational achievement gaps among students and improve the quality of instruction.Late last week, New Hampshire was given one additional year of flexibility from NCLB. Federal education officials said in a news release the state “updated its student-level data-collection system to provide educators with user-friendly information in a timely manner,” and developed the New Hampshire Network, allowing teachers across the Granite State to share best practices and seek advice from each other. Arkansas and Arizona received one-year renewals along with New Hampshire, while Alabama, Connecticut, Mississippi and Wisconsin received three-year waivers.

Source: NH waiver: SAT wins out over Common Core | New Hampshire

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