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N.H. Ed Department Unveils Draft of Plan to Comply with 'No Child Left Behind' Replacement

The New Hampshire Department of Education has unveiled a draft of its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, was passed in 2015 as a replacement for No Child Left Behind.

The law rolls back some of the federal government’s control over education policy, giving states the power to set their own goals. States then present their plans to the federal Department of Education for approval.

The draft version of New Hampshire’s plan, released today, looks to take advantage of the new flexibility. It stresses competency-based assessments in lieu of standardized tests as well as vocational education tied to current industry needs.

It’s the state’s first such plan under the new law.

The proposal is now open to public comment for the next 30 days.

A final version of the plan must be submitted to the federal government by this fall.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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