New Hampshire is answering the call for more meaningful, usable assessment metrics and less standardized testing with its locally-developed performance assessment program.

The Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) is a first-of-its-kind pilot that replaces standardized tests in four grades with real, authentic assignments developed by New Hampshire teachers. Cohorts of teachers come together every year to work on developing a repository of “performance tasks” that are given to students throughout the year. They’re treated like any other assignment, but the tasks are comparable across districts–allowing them to be used in lieu of end-of-the-year tests.

Interested in learning more? Check out our coverage of PACE in New Hampshire:

New Hampshire’s testing pilot, PACE, gaining ground

The Concord Monitor featured a great piece on New Hampshire's Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) program, which allows districts to come together to...

How teaching becomes the test in New Hampshire

Sanborn Regional High School principal Brian Stack wrote about New Hampshire's performance assessments in the industry publication Multi Briefs. Here's an excerpt: With the Performance...

Test Drive: New Hampshire teachers build new ways to measure deeper learning

The Christian Science Monitor featured a piece on how New Hampshire is leading the country in innovative ways to measure learning and teaching. The...

NG2 program trades the status quo for flexible, responsive learning pathways

California-based education technology organization EdSurge featured a piece on New Hampshire's pilot "No Grades, No Grades" (NG2) program in 7 of the state's elementary schools. With...

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: PACE, or...

Sanborn Regional School district tells the state board about their PACE experience

Three school leaders and a parent from the Sanborn Regional School Districts spoke about their participation in New Hampshire's Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) initiative...

State Board hears from Pam Wicks, Concord School Board, about her son’s PACE experience:

There is a positive change happening in our classrooms; we’re seeing students engaged in meaningful learning, giving all students a greater opportunity to reach their potential. I believe that PACE, along with competency based education, will help our students gain 21st century skills, that will guide them on their path to life after high school.

Sanborn Regional School district tells the state board about their PACE experience

Sanborn Regional is one of the original PACE school districts. Three school leaders and a parent attended the April 6, 2017 state board meeting to talk briefly during public comments about the impact of PACE on their students. There's a short video of their presentation.

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.

State board hears about PACE from Concord school leader Donna Palley: We can see...

Assistant superintendent Donna Palley tells the New Hampshire State Board of Education about Concord's experience with PACE, "You only have to look at the student work to get it. Watch a group of very satisfied teachers sitting around a table looking at one after the other of their students' work. Listen to students talk about their learning and you’ll hear some impressive student voices."

Mom and school board member Pam Wicks tells SBOE about her son’s PACE experience:...

There is a positive change happening in our classrooms; we’re seeing students engaged in meaningful learning, giving all students a greater opportunity to reach their potential. I believe that PACE, along with competency based education, will help our students gain 21st century skills, that will guide them on their path to life after high school.

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...

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...

New Hampshire leads the way in teaching students 21st Century skills

New Hampshire schools have become a model for learning that is rigorous, personalized, and meaningful, giving them the tools to succeed in 21st century life.

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.

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....

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...

Sanborn Regional School District praised as ‘leader in education’ by Governor Hassan and Nellie...

Sanborn Regional School District was recently awarded $100,000 by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for its commendable work in competency-based education and personalized learning,...

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...

As PACE program grows, teachers and administrators "thrilled" with progress

Senior staff of the Council of Chief State School Officers visited several of New Hampshire's widely-watched PACE districts recently to get an idea of how schools...

Rochester begins its second year with performance based assessments

Rochester is one of four New Hampshire school districts beginning the second year of the pilot PACE program, which replaces some standardized testing with locally-based...

PACE: proving individualized assessments are just as good as standardized tests at comparing district...

States like New Hampshire that are incorporating competency-based education into their classrooms may wonder: how do we move from the traditional standardized test to...

‘Thank God for New Hampshire’ – EdWeek about the PACE locally managed assessment...

Here is New Hampshire, it's easy to lose perspective on how important the PACE pilot program is.  Years in preparation, it is the nation's first step...

Rochester teachers Melissa Cunliffe and Sara Cantrell talk about competency based learning and New...

As one of New Hampshire's four PACE school districts, Rochester is ground zero for working out the future New Hampshire public education, giving children...