April 2, 2020
Dear Monroe Families,
In these unprecedented times, we are all doing the very best that we can. I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for being kind and patient, and for understanding that we are making changes only to make things better for your children (and for you!)
I encourage you to reach out to any of us with any question or concern, big or small. We are here for you.
Keep sending me beautiful pictures of your remote learning experiences. We miss everyone like crazy and seeing the kids at work and at play make our days brighter.
Stay safe and healthy.
See you soon.
This fall, Stephanie Chadburn, Nathan Jordan and Leah Holz had the opportunity to present at the National Forum to Advance Rural Education in Louisville, Kentucky. Their presentation, "What Do You Mean We're Too Small to Count?" focused on student data in a small rural school. This video, showcasing students discussing competency-based assessment, was part of their presentation.
This spring, your 3rd-8th grade child may be participating in a state assessment in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics known as the New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NH SAS). These online assessments were designed to replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in the same subject areas. The NH SAS is a summative snapshot of a student’s grade level academic achievement. Individual student scores are one of several measures that can be used to help teachers and families understand student progress and readiness for the next academic school year. The overall NH SAS score presents a measure of how well a student is performing against the academic standards that guide instruction in mathematics and English language arts.
Preliminary aggregate state results will be posted on the Department of Education website in July. This is a great opportunity for parents and family members to sit down and review student progress together to make education plans for next year. Please do not hesitate to contact the school with any questions.
PACE – Performance Assessment of Competency Education - What does it mean?
▪First-in-the-nation alternative accountability system▪Reduced level of standardized testing along with locally
developed common performance assessments
◦ NHSAS / SAT given once in elementary school, once in middle school and once in high school (three grades instead of seven)
◦ In all other years, administration of common and local performance assessments developed by the districts and validated at the state level
What are Performance Assessments?
Performance assessments are multi-step assignments with clear criteria, expectations, and processes which measure how well a student transfers and applies knowledge and complex skills to create or refine an original product and/or solution.
How is the quality of assessments ensured in PACE?
▪Professional Learning and Collaboration
▪Content Area Leads
▪Center for Assessment Technical Review and Data Analysis
▪New Hampshire DOE Review
Integration of assessments into students’ day-to-day work
Emphasis on meaningful content and deep student engagement
Involvement of educators in designing and implementing the accountability system
Supports approaches to instruction, learning, and assessment that are competency based
Professional development and support from the NH DOE for local districts involved in this initiative
References and Resources
Moving from Good to Great in NH: http://education.nh.gov/assessment- systems/documents/overview.pdf
Pilot Overview: http://education.nh.gov/assessment-systems/documents/pilot- overview.pdf
Center for Collaborative Education – Quality Performance Assessment:
NH State Model Competencies:
Essential Skills and Dispositions: https://www.epiconline.org/essential-skills- and-dispositions-development-frameworks/