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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-stepassignments 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 intostudents’ 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: systems/documents/overview.pdf

Pilot Overview: overview.pdf

Center for Collaborative Education – Quality Performance Assessment:

NH State Model Competencies:

Essential Skills and Dispositions: and-dispositions-development-frameworks/