New Hampshire’s plan to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act has been approved by the federal government.
The Every Student Succeeds Act is the federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind in 2015.
ESSA gives states more flexibility to define their own goals and add their own metrics beyond standardized testing.
New Hampshire’s plan, developed by the state Department of Education under Commissioner Frank Edelblut, looks to take advantage of that flexibility.
When measuring school performance, for instance, the department will look at academic growth over time, not just the number of students who score proficient in a particular year.
One of the state’s goals under the plan is to have 65 percent of adults attain a post-secondary degree or work-based credential by the year 2025.