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State receives grant to help implement education standards

New Hampshire has received a $65,000 grant from a group of national organizations to help with implementation of new statewide education standards.

The award is part of an initiative by the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of Chief State School Officers and State Higher Education Executive Officers. Five other states also received money: Arizona, California, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The grant’s main purpose is to help states implement the new standards, which include the Common Core, on a statewide level. Ideally, the six states will also share best practices with each other, although that is a secondary goal, said Ryan Reyna, program director in the National Governors Association’s education division.

In New Hampshire, the largest chunk of money will be used to plan a training day next spring for state educators to learn more about curriculum and instruction under the new standards, said Paul Leather, deputy commissioner of education. The state will then generate resources out of that training day that educators can access later on.

Reyna said another goal of the grant money is encouraging states to involve all policymakers in Common Core discussions, including departments of education, governors’ offices, higher education associations, legislatures and state boards of education.

“We think that (it’s) difficult to have successful implementation without kind of a common vision and coordination of activities both in K-12 and higher education,” he said.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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