Competency-based transcripts: do they affect college admissions?

The short answer: no. In fact, some colleges prefer them over traditional transcripts. New Hampshire's schools are moving towards competency-based education, where students "show what...
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Do grades demonstrate the potential of each student?

When we think about school, it’s almost impossible to imagine the experience without letter grades and grade point averages. But does a number, like...

Capturing student learning and growth through competency and portfolio grading

As learning environments become more focused on group work to nurture high-demand skills--like collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving, one of the top concerns is how...

Velcro proposes competency-based curriculum & internship program for Manchester students

The Manchester Board of School unanimously supported a proposal by Manchester-based manufacturer Velcro to form a partnership that could lead to internships and jobs...

Why do we separate school kids by age groups?

 Every day we work and interact with people of all ages. So why is K-12 is the only place in our lives where we’re...
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Ask why: A four part series exploring traditional practices in education

We all make assumptions about the way learning in school is organized. When we pause to ask why, we can learn from students and...
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Work Study Practices help prepare students for the future

Non-academic skills, like critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication are being cited by employers as some of the most important skills that students need to...

Competency-based instruction in Concord schools means new grades on reports cards

In many schools, students will be taking home a different kind of report card this year as more classrooms switch to a competency-based model...
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Students are thriving in this NH school thanks to a new approach

"Students at Parker Varney Elementary School are thriving with this innovative model of learning", says Principal Amy Allen. Competency-based education has transformed the classroom...

Community engagement and student voice transformed this Pittsfield school

Pittsfield Middle High School has transformed from one of New Hampshire's lowest performing schools to a national model for school-community partnerships and student-centered learning....

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