The bill would have stopped the state from implementing the Common Core State Standards, which set goal posts for skills students should know at the end of each grade.
In a statement Governor Hassan argued individual districts are not required to use the standards and so changing the law was unnecessary. While districts don’t have to use the benchmarks, they are required to take standardized tests which are based on them.
The state’s largest business group, the Business and Industry Association, has also declared its opposition to pulling the plug on the Common Core, writing that to do so “sends the message that mediocre is okay.”
New Hampshire adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. 46 other states initially adopted the standards as well, but South Carolina, Indiana and Oklahoma have since withdrawn.