We want to hear from you.
The Maine DOE has entered the second, more earnest, phase of work developing an accountability and improvement system that’s thoughtful, fair and constructive; a system that considers multiple valid measures in determining the performance of students and schools; and a system that helps struggling schools improve rather than feel stigmatized.
This work on a new accountability and improvement system is in preparation for a September 2012 deadline for submitting a request to the federal government for flexibility in implementing the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act (or Elementary and Secondary Education Act). Most states are applying for this ESEA flexibility.
Not only do we want to hear from you – we are required to. As part of our application, Maine must provide evidence that we have involved stakeholders in a significant way in the development of our proposal.
Add your feedback as a comment at the bottom of this post. Please read the Maine DOE Newsroom’s Comments Policy before you respond.
Here are some potential discussion topics, but feel free to address any aspect of Maine’s ESEA flexibility request.
- For which content areas and grade levels should Annual Measurable Objectives be set?
- What role – if any – should growth play? How should growth be measured?
- In a learner-centered proficiency-based system, how should student learning (achievement and attainment) be assessed and reported?
- What is the ‘Theory of Action’ that should inform and support the improvement (i.e. turnaround) of schools identified as either focus or priority status?
- In what ways should the support/interventions be customized for identified schools (i.e. grade levels, content area, demographics of students identified, length of time with status, etc.)?
- How many different levels of overall school performance should be measured (i.e. should there be more than the three prescribed by the ESEA Flexibility application)? What language should be used to characterize these different levels?
- What incentives and rewards should be provided to ‘reward’ schools?
Thank you for your feedback! Visit Maine DOE’s ESEA Flexibility page for more information and other opportunities to share your input.
(Interested in reading the earlier conversation? Go ahead, but let’s pick up the new conversation below.)