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Deepening Our Work in New Hampshire
In March, the New Hampshire Department of Education received U.S. Dept. of Education approval to pilot a first-in-the-nation accountability strategy,  Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE), in four school districts. These districts are working to reintegrate assessment and accountability by using a balance of multiple measures including local and cross-district performance assessments embedded in a student's day-to-day work, rather than only using standardized tests. 

We've also partnered with NHDOE on its work on the Innovation Lab Network Performance Assessment Pilot  (ILN). The Innovation Lab Network (ILN), headed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system.  The ILN Performance Assessment Pilot is aimed at developing resources and expertise around performance assessment across several states. In addition to the state members, project partners on this initiative include Center for Collaborative Education (CCE), the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC).
As part of the ILN pilot, three NH schools  (Gilford, Concord, and Fall Mountain) are implementing tasks from the developing ILN Task Bank. By focusing on implementation (rather than task design), teachers will build their capacity to use these performance assessments, while also providing field test data to the ILN that will allow the tasks to be refined. 

I f you would like information about the pilot or the ILN task bank - or if you'd like to consider participating in next year's pilot - please contact Gary Chapin at the Center for Collaborative Education.


PACE Reflections
PACE Reflections

Webinar: Laying the Foundation for Performance Assessment

Please join us for a complimentary webinar, Laying the Foundation for Performance Assessment: Lessons Learned from the Innovation Lab Network Pilot in New England, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. EST.

This one-hour webinar, facilitated by CCE's Quality Performance Assessment staff, will share insights from the pilot of the Innovative Lab Network (ILN) in three New England states - Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island - and highlight the impact that performance assessment has on student, educator and school learning.

During this interactive webinar, practitioners from ILN states will share their experiences, successes and lessons learned doing this work. Webinar participants will also be invited to raise questions and discuss the implications of performance assessment in their schools and districts.

Quality Performance Assessment Summer Institute
Final Days of Early Bird Discount
July 13-16, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts

During the four day Summer Institute, teachers, administrators and district professionals from across the country will work collaboratively to:
      • Design performance tasks and rubrics
      • Facilitate the assessment validation process
      • Analyze student work through scoring calibration
      • Align instruction to the performance assessment
      • Plan to bring QPA knowledge into their schools
The 10% early bird discount for the Summer Institute will be ending on April 30. Both individual and team rates go up on May 1.


Affordable lodging options are available.


More rigorous material will be offered to past Summer Institute attendees and those already working with the QPA framework and process.


Of Interest
Following on the heels of the successful launch of the Phase II report on Black and Latino males in Boston Public Schools, Promising Practices and Unfinished Business: Fostering Equity and Excellence for Black and Latino Males, the research team headed to Chicago to present at the annual conference of the American Education Research Association (AERA). This year's AERA annual meeting included almost 15,000 attendees and featured 2600 sessions. 

The session, Analyzing Enrollment Outcomes, and Excellent Schools for Black and Latino Male Students in the Boston Public Schools, focused on the findings from both Phase I and Phase II reports, presented by some of the study researchers: Vivian Carlo, Melissa Col?n, John Diamond and Daren Graves; Christina Mokhtar and Rosann Tung from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR), along with Andresse St. Rose, Senior Director for Research Evaluation and Policy at CCE. Warren Simmons, Executive Director of AISR served as a moderator. 

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