HB 1516-FN-L (2012, failed*) mandating certain hours per day of instruction in English and in k-3

posted Dec 15, 2011, 9:56 AM by Bill Duncan   [ updated May 21, 2012, 6:40 AM ]
Docket  ITL 17-0 in committee and by a voice vote on the floor

DNHPE Comment:  This bill is very interesting.  It is virtually the only bill submitted that seeks to make a positive impact on the quality of educational results in New Hampshire's public schools.

It is sponsored by Rep. Balboni, the author of the wildly erroneous assertions about the quality of NH schools in the Nashua Telegraph, using NEAP Math and English numbers for 4th graders.

The intervention proposed here is pretty brute force - increase the hours of teaching Math and English in K-3, lots of test, and remedial work where required.  It's a big fundamental intervention and there is no funding proposed.

He may have in mind doing all this before the 4th grade NAEP and thereby increasing NH standing.

This is worth discussing with him.  The bill gives the impression of having been drafted by someone who does want to improve early childhood education but who sees the education system as alien territory so he doesn't call in DOE staff and other educators to discuss strategy but sees himself imposing this costly and awkward mandate on an enemy institution.  (This is all inference to be cleared up in discussion if possible)

Hard to picture it passing.

AN ACT relative to the instruction of English and mathematics for pupils in kindergarten through grade 3.
SPONSORS: Rep. Balboni, Hills 21
COMMITTEE: Education

This bill requires a revised program of instruction for English and mathematics for pupils in kindergarten through grade 3.

The Department of Education states this bill will increase state and local expenditures by indeterminable amounts in FY 2013 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on state, county, or local revenue, or county expenditures.

The Department of Education states this bill requires a revised program of instruction for English and mathematics for pupils in kindergarten through grade 3. The Department states these program revisions include daily required minimum time periods in both instruction areas, quarterly testing requirements, minimum subject proficiency requirements, and general guidelines for dealing with those pupils who do not meet the minimum proficiency requirements. The Department assumes the state will be responsible to administer and score the test and to report and score the results. The Department estimates there are approximately 45,500 students in kindergarten through grade 3 statewide and, due to the two week reporting requirement for test results, assumes a computerized assessment would be necessary. The Department estimates the purchase of the test supplies would increase state expenditures by $682,500 (45,500 students x $15 cost per test) per year, but it also assumes this per test cost estimate would increase over time. The Department states both state and local costs would increase further to cover other testing materials, related equipment, and training for teachers to administer and score the tests, although it cannot predict the amount of such cost increases. The Department also states the cost increases during the initial years of the program may be higher than the increases in later years due to potential startup costs. The Department states any customized instruction the state or the school districts must engage in to address any students who do not meet proficiency requirements would also be a likely driver of increased expenditures.