The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) has partnered withthe National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA) and the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) to develop capacity in school districts for the use of performance assessment to build and measure student mastery of college and career ready competencies. The NHDOE policy requiring all high school courses to be aligned to local competencies is one step the state has already taken to foster new practices of assessment that promote and assess “deeper levels of understanding important academic content and skills.”
As a part of this work, the NHDOE is developing a state-wide performance assessment system that will balance local control with state-wide accountability and comparability. This system, the Performance Assessment for Competency Education (NH PACE) option, will build on New Hampshire’s competency work, including the development of statewide college and career ready competencies, and will be one component of the New Hampshire student assessment system.
NH PACE includes:
The four original PACE implementing districts (Tier 1) are Sanborn Regional, Rochester, Epping and Souhegan. As of Fall 2015, several districts had joined the implementing cohort in addition to the four above: Monroe, Concord, Seacoast Charter School, and Pittsfield. In Fall 2016, SAU 35 (Profile) joined the implementation Tier 1 of NH PACE.
A second cohort of schools and districts are engaged in Tier 2, developing and practiing performance assessment through focused professional development with group and individual coaching: Allenstown, Deerfield Community School, Newport, Groveton, SAU 23 (No. Haverhill), Amherst and Mount Vernon, Fall Mountain, Plymouth Elementary, Parker-Varney School - Manchester, and Rollinsford,.
The foundational principles of this initiative are:
NH Performance Assessment Network Institute Trainings
The NH Performance Assessment Network is an exciting multi-year initiative that engages New Hampshire’s school districts in building and implementing valid and reliable performance assessments aligned to NH state and local competencies. Performance assessments are multi-step assignment tasks with clear criteria, expectations, and processes which measure how well a student transfers knowledge and applies complex skills to create or refine an original product.
In general, 5 days of institute training with school/district teams include a two-day statewide summer institute and three days during the school year conducted regionally. Regional meetings are hosted by participant schools, with sessions focused on sharing the host school’s approach to integrating performance assessment into teaching and learning. Opportunities for additional support and sharing on different aspects of creating, administering, and using data from quality performance assessments occur throughout the year.
The online NH Network Platform, offers opportunites to connect on various aspects of performance assessment and competency education through an online format. NH DOE has partnered with 2Revolutions to offer an intensive blended learning opportunity for educators and administrators on the state model Work-Study Practices (Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, and Self-Direction). This course combines online learning with school-based coaching and offers an engaging way to begin application of performance assessment to competncies in the classroom and school. Teachers say: "This was so in-depth but a safe way to start - no pressure!." "It was so fun to work together as a school team. We gathered around our laptops after school and went throught the online course together in small chunks." "I learned so much and laughed so much!"
Informational slides from past webinars about the NH Performance Assessment Network
National Articles about New Hampshire's Work:
State Director NH PACE
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