State approved to continue student assessment program

October 3, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has received federal approval to continue a pilot program aimed at reducing standardized testing in schools.

New Hampshire Public Radio reports the New Hampshire Department of Education announced Tuesday it received a five-year waiver to continue Performance Assessment of Competency Education.

Under the program known as PACE, students take statewide tests in three grades instead of seven. For the other years, students participate in assessments where they apply what they’ve learned.

Education department director of Learner Support Heather Gage says schools participating in the program are showing good results.

The department is planning on expanding the program over the next few years.

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