NH Vision 2.0: New Hampshire Goes First - A Blueprint to Scale Competency-based Education across a PreK-20 System, a new multimedia publication that builds on the 2014 New Hampshire Story of Transformation. This work is the culmination of the past six months of planning, where we pushed ourselves to answer the question: What would need to be true in New Hampshire to prepare all of our students for the complex future that awaits them? This resulting blueprint is our answer.
For our children who are just entering our classrooms to those who are in the final stages of their post-secondary career, we envision a statewide learning system that is more personalized and integrates their learning experiences seamlessly, providing them what they need, when they need it, in a way that works for them as individual learners. For us that’s what next generation really means -- a competency-based progression for each child that’s personalized to his or her needs and strengths, using technology and the connected world to get them to the future they want.
To accelerate our work to the next level, we’re building on our strengths by leveraging successes across the state within early childhood, K12, higher education and the workforce systems. We also used this process to uncover and acknowledge our gaps. In the blueprint, it is this analysis of strengths and gaps around seven core conditions across the PreK-20 system that we believe either enable or inhibit successful transformation. These conditions include: leadership; readiness; public will; public policy; resources; data infrastructure; and learning agenda. Within each condition, we describe a rationale for the work; and the key activities and measurable outcomes that will push us to the next level.
For example, readiness is a core condition to allow a personalized, competency-based learning model to mature to the scale of entire state system. Right now, the Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE) initiative is piloting locally-developed performance assessments as an alternative to high stakes standardized testing. Although the PACE work is still very early in its efforts, the teachers and administrators involved in the project have shared that by creating PACE assessments, it has helped reshape instruction, making it more meaningful and relevant for both them and their students. PACE is currently in eight districts around the state and continuing plans to scale more broadly.
Learning from the work of PACE, and limitations we are seeing to taking PACE to scale, focusing on and planning to improve readiness has our focus on significant work on pre-service training with higher education partners and in-service professional learning in order to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions at scale that are essential for teaching in a personalized, competency-based environment.
At every level of a system, change is hard. It involves people, ideas, policies, traditions and values, but we have to continue to lean into the future and we'll do that together. Our Vision 2.0 plan is a process and roadmap to ensure we continue to make the progress we need to realize the transformation we seek.
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