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The authors participated in a bold, statewide school improvement initiative that re-examined the role of a critical variable in twentieth century educationùtime. Progressive educational policy changes in New Hampshire have put into motion the most dynamic approach to the delivery of education of any state in America. This statewide effort to create a system of personalizedstomized learning cannot properly function in the 20th century model of teaching and learning where time is the constant and achievement is the variable. The steps that New Hampshire has taken will provide the foundation for a new delivery model where time is the variable and achievement is the constant. The New Hampshire vision is built on the assumption that students can learn through a variety of experiencesùtraditional classroom instruction being but one mode of delivery. Out-of-classroom Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO's) provide alternatives to classroom instruction. These can include internships, private instruction, on-line learning and other forms of independent study. But, at the core of this vision, is the idea that student achievement (and, by extension, teacher effectiveness) should be measured in terms of mastering competencies, rather than the traditional measure of ‘seat time.’ Although competency-based models have been attempted, the New Hampshire story is unique in that it offers a unique case of large-scale implementation. Bramante and Colby offer the reader the ability to understand a new context for the reinvention of education and how these challenges affect all levels and aspects of our system of public education. Education professionalsùfrom classroom teachers to policy makersùhave much to learn from the lesson of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Present and Future
New Hampshire present and future

Is public education in New Hampshire already in the 21st century? In reality, not yet. Probably more so than any in other state, New Hampshire has one foot solidly in each century but is clearly putting more and more weight on the front foot as it steps into the 21st century.

Where Is New Hampshire Now?

Some examples of New Hampshire's emerging 21st century learning model include:

  • State Education Regulations revamped in 2005—New Hampshire is probably farther ahead here than any other state. The Carnegie Unit (credit for seat time) has been eliminated and high school credits, theoretically, can only be acquired when students demonstrate mastery of required competencies (2009–2010).
  • Virtually every high school has completed its competencies for virtually ...
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