First test results for school pilot program released



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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Education has released the first results of a pilot program aimed at reducing standardized testing while providing more meaningful feedback for students, parents and teachers.

Under the two-year pilot program, students in four districts are taking statewide tests in three grades instead of seven. In between, districts administer locally developed performance assessments, which ask students to apply what they have learned.

Results released Monday show 48 percent of students in the four participating districts meeting or exceeding achievement levels in Language Arts and 43 percent reaching that level in math.

The pilot program is called Performance Assessment for Competency Education. The participating districts are Rochester, Epping, Sanborn Regional and Soughegan, which have a combined enrollment of 8,000 students.

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