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New Hampshire receives national recognition for educational innovation today

Today, July 7, 2011, the Education Commission of the States will honor the New England Secondary School Consortium , a partnership between the states of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, with the Frank Newman Award for State Innovation during its 2011 National Forum on Education Policy in Denver, Co. The award recognizes the Consortium’s bold example of state leadership, collaboration, expertise exchange, and resource sharing across states, as well as its commitment to promoting 21st -century skills, supporting high school innovation, reducing persistent achievement gaps, and graduating every student prepared for success in the colleges, careers, and communities of our global society.

“The Consortium’s forward-thinking efforts to ensure their students can make seamless transitions into the workforce or higher education, while maximizing limited resources, are commendable,”said Roger Sampson, president of the Education Commission of the States.

“New Hampshire is pleased to be part of the New England Secondary School Consortium and deeply honored to be selected for this award,” said Virginia M. Barry, New Hampshire Commissioner of Education. “The Consortium goals are consistent with our own high school redesign efforts and the Department’s commitment to ensure every student will graduate with the knowledge and the skills needed to be successful in the colleges and careers of the 21st century. As a regional partnership, we can promote the kind of systemic reforms that might otherwise be more difficult to achieve if our states acted independently.”

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