Tag: PACE

Tests and Accountability

The New Hampshire Department of Education just announced the results of the spring 2016 statewide assessments, noting that scores rose three percent from last year’s baseline. Results reflect three different assessment components: the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Common Core (aka College and Career Readiness Standards) aligned statewide test; the Performance Assessment of Competency Education Read More

Excuses, Excuses

New Hampshire administered the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the statewide test aligned to College and Career Readiness Standards (aka Common Core) to students in grades 3 to 8 for the second time in spring 2016, approximately six month ago. Most districts use computerized adaptive tests, which required updated technology purchases and teacher training. The promise was Read More

Districts are Bullies

We are hearing that school districts are applying more pressure to parents who wish to refuse their children’s participation in this year’s statewide assessments. Don’t be bullied! While minors, children are the responsibility of their parents, and as such, parents — not the state — should direct their children’s education in the manner they believe Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of February 8, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of February 8, 2016. Some bills are starting to work their way through the committee to the entire House for a vote. They are clearly marked and we encourage the public to contact all of their representatives. However, most of the bills are scheduled for a Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of February 1, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of February 1, 2016. Some bills are starting to work their way through the committee to the entire House for a vote. They are clearly marked and we encourage the public to contact all of their representatives. However, most of the bills are scheduled for public Read More

Education Bills Scheduled for Week of January 18, 2016

The following is the legislative schedule for the week of January 18, 2016 — it’s a big week! Unless otherwise marked, the bills are scheduled for a public hearing which is the opportunity to provide testimony or commentary. This is the best chance to communicate with the committee members and share your opinion on the Read More

Common Core Architect in Concord

Dr. Marc Tucker, one of the chief  “architects” of Common Core State Standards, gave a special presentation to New Hampshire legislators on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. He was invited by leading members of the House Education Committee: Rep. Rick Ladd (Chairman), Rep. Mary Gile (former Chairman and ranking Democrat), and Rep. Terry Wolf (recently named Read More

PACE — When is an Assessment Not a Test? Answer: NEVER

The New Hampshire Department of Education boasts about the new, experimental assessment program they are developing. It is called the Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE). On the surface, PACE sounds good. It attempts to replace a single high-stakes assessment (the Common-Core aligned Smarter Balanced Assessment); claims to reduce testing; and gives the perception that Read More

Demand Parents’ Rights — Overturn Hassan’s Veto on HB 603

We have a chance to overturn Governor Maggie Hassan’s veto of HB 603 when the NH House of Representatives returns on September 16th. This was a bill that would explicitly give parents the right to refuse their child’s participation in statewide assessments. Please sign our petition to send an email to all senators and representatives, Read More

HB 603 — Overturn the Veto

On June 12th, Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed HB 603, the bill that would explicitly write parent’s rights to refuse their child’s participation in statewide assessments into New Hampshire statute. In her veto message, Gov. Hassan states that students must take these assessments to ensure our state’s competitive economic future and prepare our children for the Read More

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