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