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Fourth-grade students at Christa McAuliffe School took the Smarter Balanced Assessment on HP Netbooks on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Technology is the focus of first-time Smarter Balanced implementation

Thursday, March 26, 2015

With headphones on, hands on laptop keyboards and gazes focused on the screens, fourth-grade students at Christa McAuliffe School answered math questions yesterday during a Smarter Balanced testing session. Schools are used to administering standardized tests, but the tests corresponding to the Common Core State Standards are a new experience for both students and educators. “It’s the first time it’s …

Students and parents ask Concord School Board to maintain Capitol Center partnership

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tuesday night, Nick Skafidas was on stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts playing the trumpet in what he feared could be his last concert at the venue. To make sure he can play there next year, the Concord High School junior spoke at the Concord School Board’s budget hearing last night and urged the board to maintain the district’s partnership with …

PHOTOS: Trout in the Classroom at Henniker Community School

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Henniker Community School seventh-grade science classes are participating in the Trout in the Classroom project, a program supported by Trout Unlimited and New Hampshire Fish and Game. The students are raising trout from the larva stage (sac fry) to juvenile fish in the classroom and will release them later this spring. They are …

Former governor Merrill steps down from Rudman Center Board of Advisors

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A second member of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy’s Board of Advisors has resigned. Former governor Steve Merrill resigned yesterday, according to the University of New Hampshire. His resignation followed that of Portsmouth lawyer Stephen Tober. Both are close friends of former …

‘Animal House’ frat at Dartmouth accused of branding members

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Dartmouth College fraternity that partly inspired the 1978 movie Animal House has been accused of branding new members while under suspension last fall, but the group’s lawyer denies that anyone was hazed or hurt. Alpha Delta, which …

UNH warns Broderick to stay away from Rudman Center in letter

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy next week will host three high-profile speakers, including retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The man who helped bring these speakers in, however, will not be in …

Sex assault, drinking push colleges to moment of reckoning

Sunday, March 22, 2015

On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down. Pushed to a collective moment of reckoning, colleges and universities are …

Occupational therapy students at work on ski slopes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

University of New Hampshire students who hope to become occupational therapists are practicing their skills not in a hospital but on the ski slopes. Five students working on their master’s degrees are finishing up a 12-week internship teaching people with disabilities to ski and snowboard. The students are …

Concord School District considering a $1 million budget reduction

Saturday, March 21, 2015

More than 270 elementary school students could be without a bus ride to school next year if the Concord School District implements proposed budget reductions into the final budget next week. Faced with a budget increase and an anticipated revenue loss, the school district needs to find ways …

Smarter Balanced testing starts statewide with some confusion

Friday, March 20, 2015

The drop down menu of the computer-based Smarter Balanced Assessment lists an interim exam and a summative assessment, two options that should have a clear distinction. However, the difference between the practice and actual tests was not as evident to some educators as it should have been for …

Concord superintendent search narrows to three candidates

Friday, March 20, 2015

Three weeks from today, the Concord superintendent search committee hopes to have a final recommendation. “I just informed the school board that before long we will have a recommendation for zero, one, two or three candidates moving forward,” said Clint Cogswell, president of the Concord School Board and …

Hampton Falls students’ hawk bill provokes abortion comment

Friday, March 20, 2015

A civics lesson took an unexpected turn for a group of New Hampshire fourth-graders when a lawmaker brought the abortion debate into their effort to name a state raptor. The students from Lincoln H. Akerman School in Hampton Falls worked during class and on their own time to …

Citing lack of support from UNH, Broderick to step down as director of Rudman Center

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Citing a lack of institutional support, John Broderick will step down as executive director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Police at UNH Law. Broderick’s announcement comes less than a year after he …