ADEQUATE PUBLIC EDUCATION
193-E:3-b Accountability for the Opportunity for an Adequate Education.
Using the input-based accountability system, a school shall demonstrate that it provides the opportunity for an adequate education under RSA 193-E:2-a by meeting the requirements of paragraphs I and II of this section.
I. (a) A school shall demonstrate that it provides the opportunity for an adequate education for the school approval standards set forth in rules adopted by the department of education in the following areas:
(1) English/language arts and reading.
(4) Social studies, to include including civics, government, economics, geography, history, and Holocaust and genocide education.
(5) Arts education, to include music and visual arts.
(6) World languages.
(7) Health and wellness education.
(8) Physical education.
(9) Engineering and technologies including technology applications.
(10) Computer science and digital literacy.
(11) Personal finance literacy.
(12) School year requirements.
(13) Minimum credits required for a high school diploma.
(b) A school shall submit a narrative explanation detailing how the school has complied with each of the standards in subparagraph (a).
(c) A school that has received full accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) shall be deemed to be in compliance with the provisions of subparagraphs (a) and (b). Using the input-based accountability system, NEASC accredited schools shall certify that they have on file copies of documentation necessary during the school's accreditation process including, but not limited to, the accreditation self-study report, peer review reports, reports of any follow-up activities taken by the school in response to NEASC's recommendations for accreditation, and the annual school update report as required by NEASC each fall. A school accredited by NEASC shall meet or exceed NEASC's standards and shall use those standards to measure improvement.
(d) The input-based school accountability system shall be completed by January 15 of every even numbered year. The school principal and school district superintendent shall certify in writing that the responses submitted are accurate. The commissioner, or designee, shall review the input-based school accountability system responses to each school's self-assessment required under this section and shall verify that the responses comply with the standards under subparagraph (a).
(e) The commissioner of the department of education shall require any school that is unable to demonstrate that it provides the opportunity for an adequate education through the input-based school accountability system to resubmit the narrative explanations annually until such demonstration has been made.
(f) The commissioner shall integrate the input-based school accountability system with the school approval process pursuant to RSA 21-N:6, V.
(g) The department shall conduct site visits at all schools at least once every 5 years to assess the validity of the responses in the input-based school accountability system. The commissioner may require more frequent site visits at schools which have been unable to demonstrate that they provide the opportunity for an adequate education.
II. A school shall annually demonstrate that it provides the opportunity for an adequate education through the performance-based school accountability system pursuant to RSA 193-E:3-c and RSA 193-E:3-d designed to measure educational outcomes.
Source. 2009, 198:1. 2011, 255:1, eff. Sept. 11, 2011. 2018, 274:2, eff. Aug. 17, 2018; 352:1, eff. Aug. 17, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. 2022, 273:3, eff. Aug. 23, 2022.