United States Senator Maggie Hassan, speaking at the meeting on Adoption of Committee Rules, Nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, and Subcommittee Assignments
New Hampshire has been committed to competency-based education and personalized learning since 2005 but over the past two years, our efforts have matured and are being recognized at a national level.
Currently, the nine NH PACE school districts are the only districts in the country that the U.S. Department of Education has exempted from giving all students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 a single statewide standardized assessment. After years of preparation, the PACE districts will augment the statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment at grade bands with locally managed performance based assessments and the SAT for all students at grade 11. PACE will demonstrate to the nation a new approach to assessment, one that goes beyond standardized testing to support locally managed assessments, developed BY OUR NH TEACHERS, that support the learning process while providing the accountability required by state and federal governments.