Jenny Deenik, a biology teacher at Souhegan High School, reflects on her work with New Hampshire’s pilot Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) program in an interview with Ed Week–and how integrated assessments have helped students feel more engaged, while providing teachers with real-time feedback on student performance.
NPR featured an eye-opening story about why teachers are leaving the profession. For many, they want more of a say in school policies, including putting learning at the center of the classroom instead of passing. For others, it’s preparation. How can we help support our teachers?
When it comes to science, nobody beats New Hampshire. More New Hampshire students scored at-or-above proficient in science on the nation’s report card than any other state in the country, according to the Union Leader. Plus, fourth graders with disabilities tied for highest achievement with Massachusetts and Kentucky. Over 70 […]
The Department of Education released the 2015-2016 statewide assessment results, and they show improvement in almost every grade and subgroup, according to the Union Leader.
ConVal School District, which covers Peterborough and surrounding towns, is considering whether to participate in New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) program, according to the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. The community is set to come together on Thursday, October 20 for a discussion about the future of education around the […]
Spaulding High School in Rochester is in it’s third year of the Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) program, which replaces some end-of-the-year standardized tests with rigorous, engaging, locally-developed performance assessments. Check out this video on how their school is doing with PACE and how it’s transformed their school, culture, […]
According to the Union Leader, 90% of New Hampshire juniors took the SAT last year, which replaced the Smarter Balanced assessment. Of those students, 67% met the proficiency benchmark for English language arts, and 41% met the benchmark for math.
New Hampshire’s performance assessment model uses locally-developed assessments and requires students to show what they know by applying lessons to real world situations. This method fosters deeper learning and lasting retention of information. What does that look like? Check out this video to see a real performance assessment in action, from Edutopia:
For Concord High students, PACE means real, authentic learning–not just filling in a bubble on a test.
New Hampshire has been getting a lot of attention for its innovative assessment program–the latest coming from the U.S. Department of Education.