Since 2014, New Hampshire educators have been able to meet academic accountability requirements through a statewide Performance Assessment for Competency-based Education system. Aimed at capturing a more authentic assessment of content knowledge, educators have developed and scored performance tasks with levels of reliability and validity comparable to state level standardized tests.
But in recent years, educators in New Hampshire are pushing beyond the content knowledge to build the kinds of skill sets we know are valuable to employers, colleges and communities. These Work-Study Practices (WSPs) are in the process of being scaled across the state, and a blog series from education researchers at the Student Centered Learning Research Collaborative focuses on how New Hampshire is making WSPs a cornerstone of creating more student-centered learning experiences and how to create assessments that really get at what a student knows and knows how to do.
From tips and tricks to scaling student-centered reforms to best practices, this look at what New Hampshire is doing can serve as a window into how other states might begin this work.
Explore the series
The first article introduces the state-wide project and its partnerships.
The second article explains how to leverage skills and relationships to scale student-centered reforms in any context.
The third article describes the tools needed to implement deeper learning practices in schools.