HMS Competency and Power School Assistance Library


SAU # 81

20 Library Street

Hudson, NH 03051-4240

phone (603) 883-7765 fax (603) 886-1236

Lawrence W. Russell, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools

(603) 886-1235


Mary Wilson

Assistant Superintendent

(603) 883-7765 x1302  

Rachel Borge

Director of Special Services

(603) 886-1253 

Karen Burnell

Business Administrator

(603) 886-1258 

September 30, 2019


Dear Parents, 


New Hampshire has been at the forefront of competency-based education going back as early as 2005, when Ed 306.27 was adopted requiring high schools to base academic credit on demonstrations of mastery rather than seat time.  


“Competency based grading challenges the notion of age-related progression through school programs. Competency-based education shifts learning to an individualized pace and approach. Students meet competencies in a variety of ways and are able to explore in a variety of learning environments including workplace and community learning. Students are free to meet competencies and earn credit at their own pace. This allows students to take extra time on a challenging area but eliminates wasted time when the competency is one that the student can easily meet easily.”


Hudson schools have been working to shift the philosophy and culture from traditional assessments and grading practices to the demonstration of proficiencies that build towards mastery of competencies. Per the state mandate, Alvirne High School started the process in 2008-2009 school year with a new curriculum and grading practices, and the elementary schools followed, rolling out their standards-based report cards in 2014-2015.  Hudson Memorial School began its journey by first implementing the work-study practices in the 2016-2017 school year. 

 We will continue to share information about competency education and how it impacts learning and your student over the next few months. In the meantime, if you have any questions about competencies, please contact us - contact information

is listed below.




Mary E. Wilson              Susan Bureau                 Keith Bowen

Assistant Superintendent         Dean of Academics             Principal

Hudson School District          Alvirne High School  Hudson Memorial School              

Below you will find links to documents created to help parents understand competencies and how to view student grades on the Parent Portal.

Viewing Competency Grades in PowerSchool_Final.pdf
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