The Maine DOE is pleased to offer schools an opportunity to participate in the online delivery of the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) Science in Grade 11 from March 24-April 4 and in Grade 8 from May 3-16. Continue reading
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The Portland Public Schools is launching a new program, Parent University, to involve parents and guardians more fully in their children’s education. Continue reading
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The June 15 original deadline and several extended deadlines for the completion of last school year’s annual Educator Quality and Effectiveness Survey have passed. If your school district has not yet completed the survey, please do so without delay to ensure timely collection of this U.S. Department of Education EDFacts Initiative-mandated annual reporting.
As part of the Maine DOE’s ongoing commitment to helping our schools improve, we have launched a completely redesigned gifted and talented section of our website.
The Sept. 30 deadline for the completion of the annual educational staff reporting to the Maine DOE has passed. If your school district has not yet completed the reporting of school staff, please do so immediately to ensure that the complete and correct staff information will be available for the upcoming Essential Programs and Services (EPS) calculation that determines school subsidy as well as required federal reporting. Staff members with old or incomplete data in the Maine Education Data Management System (MEDMS) staff system may lose their ability to access the MEDMS system.
Updated Oct. 16
Due to synchronization issues between Infinite Campus District Edition and Infinite Campus State Edition, the certification dates have been extended. Automatic refreshes of the EPS Report will continue through the end of business day on Friday, Oct. 25. Any changes you make to enrollments after Oct. 25 will not be reflected in the EPS Report. These changes must be completed manually by the Maine DOE by calling Richard Bergeron at 207-624-6799.
Certification of your Oct. 1 enrollment has also been extended. School administrative units (SAUs) cannot certify before Oct. 25 while automatic refreshing is in effect. Therefore, certification must occur starting Monday, Oct. 28 and ending Friday, Nov. 8. All EPS reports must be certified by Friday, Nov. 8.
All Essential Programs and Services (EPS) Oct. 1 Enrollment Reporting must be entered into Infinite Campus State Edition on or before Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. There are still many schools that have entered no student enrollments or only a portion of their enrollments.
Beginning this testing year, the listening test of Assessing Comprehension and Communications in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs®) will be media-based, meaning that all listening items for all tiers and grades 1-12 are prerecorded. Rather than listening to the test administrator read the scripted items as in the past, the students will listen to a recording. This allows for students to listen to more authentic language use, such as conversations involving more than one speaker.
As part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, all Maine schools annually assess the English language proficiency (ELP) of their English learners in kindergarten through grade 12 using Assessing Comprehension and Communications in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs®), a standards-based ELP assessment common throughout the state. The testing cycle for 2013-14 is as follows: Continue reading
As the State of Maine continues to take action on the ConnectED initiative and be certain that we are prepared for the transition to computerized assessments starting next school year, we need to better understand what bandwidth is currently available in the classroom at our schools.
The Maine DOE has released data provided by Maine schools and other educational settings about the use of physical restraint and seclusion during the 2012-13 school year.