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N.H. Applies For Flexibility In Education Testing

James Sarmiento

New Hampshire is seeking more flexibility in how it assesses student performance.

The state has applied to participate in the U.S. Department of Education's Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority, which would allow different assessment approaches to be used in some school districts rather than having all students complete statewide standardized tests.

New Hampshire already has taken steps toward changing its assessment approach.

For several years, it has gotten approval for a program that allows some students to take statewide tests in three grades instead of seven, and in the other years they participate in locally developed assessments that ask them to apply what they have learned.

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