Senate Republicans Rush Unnecessary Graduation Requirement

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us


CONCORD – Today, in a party line vote of 14-10, Senate Republicans rushed the passage of HB 320 which would require high schoolers to pass a high stakes test in order to graduate.


After the vote, Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement:


“For years, New Hampshire has been a leader in competency based education. However, this is a move back to ‘teaching to the test.’ HB 320 would move civics education backwards, focusing on rote memorization instead of real competency in the subject, applied education, and how to engage in civic participation. Not only that, the bill offers no clarification for what happens when a student should they fail the exam or how students with disabilities will take the exam. Once again, my Republican colleagues felt the need to rush through the process to push forward a bill that fails to engage NH leaders on civics education.”


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