New Hampshire was among a cross-section of 49 school districts, nonprofit education organizations, and institutions of higher education selected from among nearly 1,700 applicants for funding under the Investing in Innovation (i3) program through inclusion in the Center for Secondary School Redesign's successful innovation proposal.
The CSSR New England Network for Personalization and Performance (NETWORK) is made up of thirteen high schools (close to 11,000 students) across four New England states - Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Schools are located in Laconia, NH; Manchester, NH; Milton, NH; Nashua, NH; Newfound, NH; North Sutton, NH; Pittsfield, NH; Raymond, NH; Plymouth, MA; North Berwick, ME; and Bristol, VT.
This network of schools will work together to create authentic tasks and common rubrics to measure uncommon assessment tasks that will foster personalized learning resulting in higher student achievement, as demonstrated by lower dropout rates, higher graduation rates and demonstrable success after high school.The innovation is to puzzle out how to transform existing, comprehensive high schools into schools where learning is personalized for all students. The NETWORK builds on the promising work and proven results of the New York Performance Standards Consortium (Consortium), applying that work to new settings and with new populations.
By the end of the fifth project year, every student in every network school will have participated in at least two personalized, inquiry-based experiences and demonstrated mastery through performance assessment (and some will have participated in more). Students experiencing and participating in these uncommon learning and assessment tasks (with common scoring) will have a much greater likelihood of graduation and success in college and career.
The i3 fund, which is part of the historic $10 billion investment in school reform in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will support local efforts to start or expand research-based innovative programs that help close the achievement gap and improve outcomes for high-need students.