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Sanborn Regional High School principal: competency-based education has transformed my school

Sanborn Regional High School principal Brian Stack – together with the school’s teachers, administrators and students – has transformed the learning culture of SRHS. By moving to a competency-based learning model, the school has putting students at the center of their own learning and has won national recognition in the process. […]

New federal education law gives NH more control over our schools, say Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and Commissioner Barry

New federal education law gives NH more control over our schools, say Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and Commissioner Barry

In a Union Leader piece, New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) praised the new federal education reform bill, the Every Student Succeeds Act, that shared overwhelming biparisan support in both the U.S. House and Senate. The bill puts states in much greater control of their education […]

When students are accountable for their learning, they’re more engaged and satisfied with school

When students are accountable for their learning, they’re more engaged and satisfied with school

The Notebook, a news service for Philadelphia’s public schools, featured an excellent primer on project-based learning and assessment–two important pieces of the student-centered learning model–and how it is being implemented in some of the city’s schools:

This Maine teacher shows how multiple chances to demonstrate competency can be a learning opportunity for students

This Maine teacher shows how multiple chances to demonstrate competency can be a learning opportunity for students

Courtney Belolan, a teacher and teaching coach in Maine’s RSU 2 school district, which serves communities north of Augusta, explains how student-centered learning can mimic and prepare students for real-life scenarios in her blog:

In the new PACE assessments, students must prove they can apply concepts rather than just memorizing facts

In the new PACE assessments, students must prove they can apply concepts rather than just memorizing facts

Souheghan High School, Spaulding High School in Rochester, and Concord High School all have something in common–they’ve moved to competency-based performance assessments. The Concord Monitor reported on the new approach to assessing student learning, highlighting some of the great work that’s going on in Jenny Deenik’s high school science class

Executive Council approves SAT for 11th graders–Union Leader

Executive Council approves SAT for 11th graders–Union Leader

The Union Leader reported on the Executive Council’s unanimous decision to approve the funding for the College Board SAT exam to be administered to the state’s 11th graders. The test will replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment for that grade at no cost to the student. The new SAT is no […]

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Not your average summer school: Pittsfield Middle High School offers engaging, exciting summer learning opportunities

Summer school usually gives students a feeling of angst. But Pittsfield Middle High School, in its commitment to anytime, anywhere learning, has transformed the idea of summer learning by offering free high-quality, hands-on learning opportunities to all students, from a stage production to a weeklong trip to a woodland preserve.

Understanding your child’s Smarter Balanced Assessment results

Understanding your child’s Smarter Balanced Assessment results

The New Hampshire Department of Education releases statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment results today and parents have started receiving reports from their schools on the results for each of their students. Here is some help in interpreting the results.

Facebook CEO’s focusing philanthropic efforts on unlocking human potential through personalized learning

Facebook CEO’s focusing philanthropic efforts on unlocking human potential through personalized learning

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla are focusing their philanthropic efforts on personalized learning and supporting schools and teachers that incorporate innovative learning approaches, helping students unlock their full potential.

Personalized learning works! New research shows that student-centered approaches lead to higher math and reading scores

Personalized learning works! New research shows that student-centered approaches lead to higher math and reading scores

Results from a study performed by the RAND Corporation find that personalized learning practices like project-based learning have positive and lasting effects on students’ reading and math performance.