HB1493 (2018) Detail

Relative to the statewide assessment system of performance in schools.




6Mar2018... 0675h







AN ACT relative to the statewide assessment system of performance in schools.


SPONSORS: Rep. Ladd, Graf. 4; Rep. Elliott, Rock. 8; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Rep. M. Moffett, Merr. 9; Rep. V. Sullivan, Hills. 16; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2


COMMITTEE: Education






This bill provides that the statewide education improvement and assessment program shall be designed to measure academic achievement and growth.


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6Mar2018... 0675h 18-2531





In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen


AN ACT relative to the statewide assessment system of performance in schools.


Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:


42:1  Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment; Goals.  Amend RSA 193-C:3 to read as follows:

193-C:3  Program Established; Goals.  There is established within the department of education a statewide education improvement and assessment program.  The commissioner shall develop and implement this program in conjunction with the state board of education and the legislative oversight committee.  In carrying out this program, the commissioner shall consult widely with educators at all levels, business people, government officials, community representatives, and parents.

I.  The aims of this program shall be to:

(a)  Define what students should know and be able to do.

(b)  Develop and implement methods for assessing that learning and its application.

(c)  Report assessment results to all citizens of New Hampshire.

(d)  Help to provide accountability at all levels.

(e)  Use the results, at both the state and local levels, to improve instruction and advance student learning.

II.  Since the program is not a minimum competency testing program, assessment instruments should be designed to reflect the range of learning exhibited by students.  The assessment portion of the program shall consist of a variety of assessment tasks [which can be] that measure academic standards and are objectively scored.  The assessment instruments shall include, but not be limited to:

(a)  Constructed response items which require students to produce answers to questions rather than to select from an array of possible answers.

(b)  A writing sample.

(c)  Other open-ended performance tasks.

III.  The following criteria shall be used in the development of the program:

(a)  Academic standards specifying what students should know and be able to do shall be clearly defined before assessment procedures and exercises are developed.

(b)  The assessment exercises or tasks shall be valid and appropriate representations of the academic standards the students are expected to achieve.

(c)  At each grade level assessed, the standards and expectations identifying what a student should know and be able to do shall be the same for every New Hampshire student.

(d)  Teachers shall be involved in designing and using the assessment system.

(e)  Assessment frameworks and reports shall be understandable and widely disseminated to parents, teachers, administrators, other school personnel, school board members, teacher preparation programs, business people, government officials, and community members.

(f)  The assessment system shall be subject to continuous review and improvement.

(g)  The assessment portion of the program shall be designed to be a measure of student academic achievement and growth of knowledge and skills.

IV.  The assessment system shall generate data which may be used:

(a)  At the student level, by students, parents, and teachers, to determine what the student knows and is able to do in relationship to the state-established academic standards.

(b)  At the classroom and school building levels, to monitor student progress and to enhance learning.

(c)  At the district level, to measure school and district-wide progress toward meeting goals and outcomes, to revise curriculum, to design in-service education programs, and to improve instruction.

(d)  At the state level, to measure what students know and are able to do in relation to the attainment of goals and outcomes from the assessment frameworks, and to report the results to the citizens of New Hampshire.

(e)  At the state level, to target services to schools, improve existing programs, develop new initiatives, and revise standards for school improvement, teacher certification, etc.

(f)  At the college level, to integrate into teacher preparation programs instruction in state-established standards, techniques for enhancing student learning in these areas, and the use of assessment results to improve instruction.

(g)  At all levels, to correlate, to the extent possible, with national goals and international standards.

(h)  At all levels, to provide a basis for accountability.

(i)  At the end of grade 3, to determine if pupils are at grade level in reading and mathematics on a standardized test to be developed by the department or an authorized, locally-administered assessment developed in consultation with the department, as part of a statewide assessment program, and to provide differentiated aid to schools pursuant to RSA 198:40-a for pupils not proficient on the reading component of the statewide or locally-administered assessment.

(j)  At the school, district, and state levels, to provide performance reports on specific subgroups of pupils as required by federal law.

  (k)  At the high school level, to serve as one indicator of a student's postsecondary education readiness.

42:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.


Approved: May 15, 2018

Effective Date: July 14, 2018


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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 16, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 13, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote
March 20, 2018 Senate Hearing
April 5, 2018 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1493 Revision: 3892 Date: May 25, 2018, 11:26 a.m.
HB1493 Revision: 3345 Date: April 5, 2018, 10:53 a.m.
HB1493 Revision: 3146 Date: March 8, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
HB1493 Revision: 1791 Date: Nov. 6, 2017, 1:14 p.m.


May 15, 2018: Signed by Governor Sununu 05/15/2018; Chapter 42; Eff. 7/14/2018

April 19, 2018: Enrolled 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 2

April 12, 2018: Enrolled (In recess 04/12/2018); SJ 13

April 5, 2018: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 04/05/2018; SJ 11

April 5, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/05/2018; Vote 5-0; CC SC 15

March 20, 2018: Hearing: 03/20/2018, Room 103, LOB, 10:00 am; SC 13

March 8, 2018: Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Education; SJ 7

March 6, 2018: Ought to Pass with Amendment 0675h: MA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 24

March 6, 2018: Amendment # 2018-0675h: AA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 24

: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0675h (Vote 20-0; CC)

March 6, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0675h for 03/06/2018 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 9 P. 13

Feb. 13, 2018: Executive Session: 02/13/2018 10:00 AM LOB 207

Feb. 6, 2018: Full Committee Work Session: 02/06/2018 10:30 AM LOB 207

Jan. 16, 2018: Public Hearing: 01/16/2018 01:00 PM LOB 207

Jan. 3, 2018: Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Education HJ 1 P. 12