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Common Core State
Standards Policy Initiative

Concord, New Hampshire

June 1, 2010


Mark Joyce (standing), executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, said he often hears questions about what will happen to the state’s current assessment – the New England Common Assessment Program – once the state begins implementing common core. This question has arisen in several states where The Council of State Governments has hosted policy roundtables. Many states are beginning to field test question items that are common to their current standards and common core during the next couple of years.



Father Jonathan DeFelice (center), president of Saint Anselm College, was one of several higher education stakeholders attending the New Hampshire Common Core State Standards Policy Roundtable in July. He said higher education needs to be at the table when discussing the adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards.






New Hampshire Education Commissioner Virginia Barry said her state has working with educators to discuss draft common core standards for quite some time. The education department held 14 feedback sessions with more than 200 educators to provide input while the documents were being drafted. New Hampshire adopted common core July 13.







The room was packed for the New Hampshire Common Core State Standards Policy Roundtable hosted by The Council of State Governments. Stakeholders said they supported common core because of the need to ensure more students are ready to enroll and be successful in college. Tom Horgan, president and CEO of the New Hampshire College and University Council, said the state loses about $8 million each year because of the large number of students who must take remedial classes.