PACE

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. […]

UL: NH needs to pick up the PACE, say business leaders

UL: NH needs to pick up the PACE, say business leaders

The Sunday edition of the Union Leader featured an editorial endorsing the PACE program in the BIA Business Perspectives column. The oped was submitted by Dick Couch and Barbara Couch of Hypertherm in Hanover, NH. Dick is the board chairman and Barbara is vice president for corporate social responsibility. We […]

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 […]

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More districts get the green light for locally-designed assessment program this year

The United States Department of Education recently announced the one-year extension of New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) program and the expansion into nine districts, according to a press release by the Governor’s office. PACE replaces some end-of-the-year standardized tests with locally-developed, project-based assessments given throughout the school year. 

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, […]

So, what is PACE? Check out our new infographic!

So, what is PACE? Check out our new infographic!

What is PACE? Here’s a great infographic that explains the first-of-its-kind performance-based assessment program here in New Hampshire:

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: