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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:

The 3 essentials of competency-based learning: progression, opportunity, support

The 3 essentials of competency-based learning: progression, opportunity, support

Competency-based learning could hold the key to helping students succeed by using their strengths to show what they know.

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?

Londonderry Third Graders learning scientific measurement

Multi-age classrooms and competency in Pittsfield result in greater student community and achievement

Pittsfield Elementary School is using multi-age classrooms and competency to create more flexible, supportive learning environments for their students, reported The Concord Monitor. Within the first month, teachers report that their students love the new approach and feel more “valued and supported.”

PACE Evaluations at Spaulding High School

Competency education engages and excites students: “The message is to really know the material”

New Hampshire Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry recently visited Oyster River Middle School in Durham, praising their work with competency education, according to Seacoast Online. The school was talking to Commissioner Barry about expanding competency, where students advance based on what they know rather than how long they’ve spent on a […]

Sanborn Middle School

How do we increase student motivation, confidence and passion for learning? Here’s one way.

Schools grounded in competency-based education principles show increases in motivation, confidence, and self-management among their students. The biggest gains were in the schools that recognized competency as a core foundation for the classroom.

Nashua doubles down on competency grading

Nashua doubles down on competency grading

Nashua’s Board of Education voted to officially endorse the competency-based grading system their teachers have been working on for several years, according to The Nashua Telegraph. 

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: 

Sanborn High School

NH’s VLACS stands out as a success story for online learning

Many states are taking notice of New Hampshire’s successful online K-12 school, the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS). Several attributes make it stand out from other online K-12 options: strong student-teacher relationships, a focus on competency, personalized instruction, and the unique way the state funds the school, according to The Hetchinger […]

PACE Evaluations at Spaulding High School

How competency tackles inequities in learning

As our schools strive to meet the needs of teaching students from different cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds, they often have students enter their classrooms with different skills and knowledge gaps. But competency-based education can help lead instruction to quality and equity, according to Competency Works.