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Dear Parent/Guardian:

This spring, your child may be participating n a new 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. Pr

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.

Thank you,

Leah Holz

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


Why PACE?

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: 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:

http://cce.org/work/instruction-assessment/quality-performance-assessment

NH State Model Competencies:

http://education.nh.gov/innovations/hs_redesign/competencies.htm

Essential Skills and Dispositions: https://www.epiconline.org/essential-skills- and-dispositions-development-frameworks/