It's hard to make sense of it, but Republican legislative leadership is going out of its way to misrepresent the quality of New Hampshire public schools.
The House Education Committee Chair, Rep. Michael Balboni, wrote here:
Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker, R-Greenland, was quoted here saying:
They are obviously talking from the same memo and are working very hard to implant an erroneous narrative about New Hampshire education.
First, the NAEP referenced by Rep. Balboni does not rate student grade level achievement It uses the term "proficiency" but there is no connection between that term and grade level performance. For one thing, the test is given mid-year, so it could not measure the student grade level achievement, which would be assessed at the end of the year.
Secondly, the NAEP tests only a small percentage of the students and each student takes only 20% of the test. It is not meant to measure student level performance. It is meant strictly for comparison among states.
In fact, when you look at what the NAEP and many other tests tell us about New Hampshire public schools, you get an exciting picture of high quality and vitality.