Study finds performance assessments show gains for students with disabilities

The Concord MonitorĀ ranĀ a piece on UNH researcher Carla Evans's findings on PACE. She found promising results for students with disabilities. Here's an excerpt: PACE, or...

State Board disagrees with the new commissioner’s proposed assessment change

The New Hampshire Department of Education has issued an RFP for a statewide assessment. The State Board of Education wanted to know why this happened so quickly with no notice or input from the field, especially when the ELA and math standards could be reviewed at the same time.

Achievement gap study: PACE special education students do as well as other students in...

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.

Concord Monitor: State board, Education Commissioner clash on science standards

The Concord Monitor gives says that, although commissioner Edelblut testified that he was "the implementation guy," he wanted to review the science standards without SBOE authority. The board stated clearly that there would be no review.

Souhegan HS Teacher Jenny Deenik on PACE: Performance Assessment is a way for students...

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...

First year PACE results are in: what do they mean for the future of...

The Department of Education recently released the results of the first Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) program. It was piloted in four districts...

PACE works to get the most out of student assessments without overtesting

States are trying to find the balance between quality and quantity in student testing, but New Hampshire is already pointing the way forward: the PACE pilot project.

This Maine teacher shows how multiple chances to demonstrate competency can be a learning...

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...

In the new PACE assessments, students must prove they can apply concepts rather than...

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...

Student-centered assessments put learners’ strengths first

In the Maine classrooms of RSU 2, the school districts serving several communities near Augusta, instructional coach Courtney Belolan helps teachers use a different...