Cornerstone Files Right-to-Know Request to NH DOE

On behalf of Cornerstone Policy Research, Education Liaison Ann Marie Banfield recently sent a request to the New Hampshire Department of Education under the state’s right-to-know law, seeking information about New Hampshire participation in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Cornerstone has been contacted by many parents with concerns about the educational standards to be used in local schools, and we look forward to sharing with parents the state’s responses to these questions.

  1. Did the New Hampshire Department of Education conduct public hearings in an effort to gather feedback from the public and teachers on the NGSS? If so, how many public hearings? 
  2. Has the DOE compared the Next Generation Science Standards to State Science Standards that were considered the best in the country? If so, please provide notes from those meetings.
  3. What is the estimated cost of implementing the NGSS in the New Hampshire schools?
  4. Did you consult with professors of science and engineering at the college level in New Hampshire to ask for their expert opinions on NGSS? If so, can you provide notes and copies of those reviews? Please provide names, titles, and academic resumés of the higher education professors of science and engineering who reviewed the NGSS.
  5. Please clarify the process for adoption of the NGSS. According to Board of Education Chairman Tom Raffio, the NH BOE has just begun the process of either endorsing or adopting the NGSS. I’m looking for detailed information on how this process to adopt or endorse the NGSS will go.
  6. Was there any kind of critical analysis done on the NGSS by the NH DOE? If so, can you provide notes and documentation on the materials used?
  7. Are the NGSS internationally benchmarked? If so, please provide a list of countries used for comparison.

For more information: cornerstone@nhcornerstone.org