School Administrative Unit 35


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SAU 35 Central Office is located on the ground floor of the old Littleton Hospital Building (Mt. Eustis Commons)

Office Hours are daily 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM year round.

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260 Cottage Street - Suite C
Littleton, NH 03561
Phone 603-444-3925
Fax 603-444-6299

Performance Assessment for Competency Education

The schools in SAU 35 have joined the Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) initiative which is sponsored by the New Hampshire Department of Education. (NHDOE). SAU 35 is the ninth New Hampshire school district to join PACE. Statewide this is the third year of the PACE initiative.

PACE is a first-in-the-nation accountability strategy that offers a reduced level of standardized testing together with locally developed common performance assessments. These assessments are designed to support deeper learning through competency education, and to be more integrated into students' day-to-day work than current standardized tests. Meaningful assessment is a key part of a strategy to ensure students are getting the most out of their education.

The PACE system will build on the competency work already done in SAU 35, also includes the statewide college and career ready competencies, which will be one component of the New Hampshire student assessment system. The PACE accountability option provides districts with an alternative route of demonstrating measurable progress in student outcomes in the New Hampshire competencies, and other important measures. It enables districts to emphasize meaningful content, high quality instruction, and deep student engagement. The PACE option has multiple components, but performance assessment is the central feature. SAU 35 will use PACE assessments to report on English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. As New Hampshire develops further competencies, Social Studies, the Arts, and other content areas will become a part of the PACE system.

PACE is based on a rich system of local and common (across multiple districts) assessments that support deeper learning, as well as allow students to demonstrate their competency through multiple performance assessment measures in a variety of contexts. Performance assessments are multi-step assignments with clear criteria, expectations and processes which measure how well a student transfers knowledge and applies complex skills to create or refine an original product and/or solution. Teachers from SAU 35 will be collaborating with teachers from the other eight PACE districts to develop common assessments to be used in each subject and grade level.

PACE implementing districts will give the Smarter Balanced assessment once in elementary school, once in middle school and the SAT in grade 11. In all other years, the PACE districts will administer carefully designed common and local “performance assessments” developed by the districts themselves, and validated at the state level.