In 2009, the Center for Digital Education created a survey to evaluate the presence of online education in various U.S. states. New Hampshire ranked No. 18 out of the 25 states participating. While New Hampshire didn’t rank as high as some of the other states in 2009, it has made some additional efforts in more recent years to improve online schools in New Hampshire as well as the higher education system as a whole by launching initiatives at the secondary level.
Higher Learning Initiatives
Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Reduction
Like the name implies, the Advanced Placement Test Fee initiative was created in May 2012 to help eligible low-income students cover the full costs of AP exams. In the past, low-income students were only eligible to get assistance for a maximum of three exams. There will no longer be a cap. This means more students will be able to take AP exams and get the opportunity to pass lower-level college coursework, whether it’s online or traditional, and have a better chance of graduating on time. Passing the tests also cuts back on the cost of college, because it decreases the number of courses students must take and pay for, and in turn can reduce the time to completion.
Comprehensive Assessment Systems Grant
In September 2010, the U.S. Secretary of Education awarded several states special grants intended to help school boards assess the way students read text, construct research, and work with technology and other digital media over a course of four years . As a recipient of the grant, New Hampshire must use their assessment research to implement innovative programs to correct weak areas starting in 2014. These new programs can potentially help better prepare students for higher education and online coursework as well as make them suited for the workforce.
E-Learning for Educators
The E-Learning for Educators program is designed exclusively for educators of all grade levels. It helps instructors learn the latest technology to use in the classroom as well as how to create hybrid and online classes so that students can reach their full potential. The Open NH Program is an ongoing five-year initiative.