Assessment

State Board disagrees with the new commissioner’s proposed assessment change

State Board disagrees with the new commissioner’s proposed assessment change

The New Hampshire Department of Education has issued an RFP for a statewide assessment. The State Board of Education wanted to know why this happened so quickly with no notice or input from the field, especially when the ELA and math standards could be reviewed at the same time.

Commissioner Edelblut’s concerns about Smarter Balanced

Commissioner Edelblut’s concerns about Smarter Balanced

At the April 6, 2017 State Board of Education meeting, commissioner Edelblut said that schools did not receive Smarter Balanced data until the following school year and that Smarter Balanced did not have longitudinal data. We discuss these concerns in greater detail here.

Daniel J. Bakie Elementary School

Achievement gap study: PACE special education students do as well as other students in 8th grade math

UNH doctoral candidate Carla Evans looks at whether competency education improves academic achievement for special education students. She finds dramatic results: PACE students with IEPs do about as well in 8th grade math as those without IEPs.

State board of education discusses potential review of English and math academic standards

State board of education discusses potential review of English and math academic standards

The state board’s committee on standards review brought back a proposed framework for any standards review the department would undertake. The commissioner agreed to review the board’s approach together with the process the department has drafted and present a new proposed draft at a future meeting.

Souhegan HS Teacher Jenny Deenik on PACE: Performance Assessment is a way for students to gain back some precious learning time

Souhegan HS Teacher Jenny Deenik on PACE: Performance Assessment is a way for students to gain back some precious learning time

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.

Nationwide, teachers say lack of voice in decisions and classroom culture drive them out

Nationwide, teachers say lack of voice in decisions and classroom culture drive them out

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?

Londonderry Middle school science

NH fourth graders lead the country in science

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 […]

PACE Evaluations at Spaulding High School

NH student test scores see across-the-board gains

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.

We retain more when we apply what we learn, says ConVal Principal

We retain more when we apply what we learn, says ConVal Principal

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 […]

VIDEO: PACE is a “reminder of what really matters” in assessment and learning

VIDEO: PACE is a “reminder of what really matters” in assessment and learning

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, […]