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"The Rochester New Hampshire School District provides a personalized experience for all students to be, responsible, and contributing citizens, who can read, write, communicate, problem solve and calculate with clarity.  The learning environment includes present day instructional practices, innovative thinking, collaboration with families, lifelong learning for all and a meaningful relationship for all students."

PACE – Performance Assessment Competency Education

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Rochester School District continues to partner with other New Hampshire school districts, the New Hampshire Department of Education, and the United States Department of Education on our accountability system, Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE). Our district is considered locally and nationally to be leaders of competency-based education. It is a testament to the magnitude of the work our school communities have undertaken to strive for excellence in teaching and learning. Our students, teachers, administrators, families, and greater community should take great pride in this fact.

PACE is a first-in-the nation accountability strategy that offers a reduced level of standardized testing together with locally developed summative performance assessments. The locally developed summative performance assessments are more integrated into students’ day-to-day work than current standardized tests and are created by our teachers in consultation with other teachers from around the state. We know that meaningful assessment is a key part of a strategy to ensure students are engaged and getting the most out of their learning.

Performance assessments require students to get involved in solving complex problems. Students must think; they must access the skills they have learned and apply them to new situations. An important component of our performance assessments is that students, no matter the content area, must demonstrate that they are competent writers. The ability to write and think critically will help ensure that our students are prepared for future learning and work opportunities.

In order to help families better understand our use of performance assessments and the PACE accountability strategy, we have developed a list of some frequently asked questions that can be reviewed on our School District home page . However, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s teacher and/ or principal.

Thank you for all you do each and every day to be engaged in and supportive of your child’s learning.

Michael L. Hopkins - Superintendent of Schools
Kyle M. Repucci - Assistant Superintendent of Schools

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Performance Assessments & PACE Accountability Strategy Frequently Asked Questions