Assessment

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, […]

PACE Evaluations at Spaulding High School

SAT scores are in: NH juniors are better prepared, but there’s still work to do

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. 

Students use pre-Calculus to complete a performance assessment

Disaster relief mission makes math relevant for this pre-Calculus class

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: 

In first year of PACE, Concord High students give assessments an A+

In first year of PACE, Concord High students give assessments an A+

For Concord High students, PACE means real, authentic learning–not just filling in a bubble on a test.

Sanborn teachers featured on US DOE blog for PACE

Sanborn teachers featured on US DOE blog for PACE

New Hampshire has been getting a lot of attention for its innovative assessment program–the latest coming from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Londonderry South School students working together

NH a nationwide model for innovative assessment with PACE

New Hampshire’s PACE program is getting a lot of attention from other states hoping to move away from standardized testing.