PACE

Study finds performance assessments show gains for students with disabilities

Study finds performance assessments show gains for students with disabilities

The Concord Monitor ran a piece on UNH researcher Carla Evans’s findings on PACE. She found promising results for students with disabilities. Here’s an excerpt:

Sanborn Regional School district tells the state board about their PACE experience

Sanborn Regional School district tells the state board about their PACE experience

Sanborn Regional is one of the original PACE school districts. Three school leaders and a parent attended the April 6, 2017 state board meeting to talk briefly during public comments about the impact of PACE on their students. There’s a short video of their presentation.

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 hears about PACE from Concord school leader Donna Palley: We can see the impact already

State board hears about PACE from Concord school leader Donna Palley: We can see the impact already

Assistant superintendent Donna Palley tells the New Hampshire State Board of Education about Concord’s experience with PACE, “You only have to look at the student work to get it. Watch a group of very satisfied teachers sitting around a table looking at one after the other of their students’ work. Listen to students talk about their learning and you’ll hear some impressive student voices.”

Mom and school board member Pam Wicks tells SBOE about her son’s PACE experience: “He could not stop talking about this solar cooker”

Mom and school board member Pam Wicks tells SBOE about her son’s PACE experience: “He could not stop talking about this solar cooker”

There is a positive change happening in our classrooms; we’re seeing students engaged in meaningful learning, giving all students a greater opportunity to reach their potential. I believe that PACE, along with competency based education, will help our students gain 21st century skills, that will guide them on their path to life after high school.

PACE Evaluations at Spaulding High School

PACE evaluator reports to the State Board of Education

The March 23 meeting of the State Board of Education heard a report evaluating the first two years of New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) initiative in which teachers learn to replace the statewide annual assessment in some grades with locally developed “performance tasks” in which students solve complex, multi-part, real-world problems to determine students’ knowledge and skills.

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?

Sanborn students bring lessons to life in amazing MacBeth performance

Sanborn students bring lessons to life in amazing MacBeth performance

Sanborn Regional High School’s Drama Troupe isn’t only tackling one of the most popular and challenging dramas of all time, MacBeth: the students are setting it in modern-day Aleppo, Syria. They’ve taken charge of everything, from re-imaging the plot’s context, to costume and staging, right down to the Arabic writing […]

Basics and Beyond: NH business community supports Next Generation Education!

Basics and Beyond: NH business community supports Next Generation Education!

New Hampshire schools are committed to educating students for the next generation, where the basics are fused with 21st century skills that students need to succeed. Where today’s English classes build students’ communication skills to shape tomorrow’s leaders.  Where today’s Math classes include real-world applications to train tomorrow’s problem solvers. […]