State News Roundup
The New Hampshire school board has rejected a draft of social-studies curriculum frameworks for the state's public schools, and wants the panel that wrote the standards to revise them.
Although the state board initially accepted the standards, it reversed its decision last month after complaints surfaced from several groups. Among the critics were members of the state's professional-standards board, which advises the school board on teacher training and professional development.
Ovid Lamontagne, the state board chairman, said he expected that the committee of the state education department that drafted the frameworks would submit a new version by the fall.
Del. Approves Standards: The Delaware state school board approved tougher academic standards last week in mathematics, science, social studies, and English language arts.
Three years ago, Delaware became one of the first states to begin drafting more rigorous content standards for grades K-12, and gave teachers an unusually high level of participation in the process.
"For the first time in our state's history," said the board's president, Paul R. Fine, "all Delaware students and teachers now have consistent, clear academic goals to insure that all public school students--regardless of school or district--will be held to the same high standards of performance."