Category Archives: Assessment

Proficiency-based education transition grants allocated

The Maine DOE released the 2015-16 transition funds to Maine school administrative units. The proficiency-based education transition grants, awarded annually to school administrative units since Oct. 2013, are intended to be used to support schools’ transition to proficiency-based learning and the awarding of proficiency-based diplomas.

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Maine DOE offers technology support for ACCESS 2.0

To support districts with technology downloads and installing the Test Management System for the computer-based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment, the Maine DOE is offering Preparing Technology for WIDA ACCESS for ELL 2.0 Assessment Webinar Thursday, Nov. 19 at noon.

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Training webinar for science assessment

Maine DOE and Measured Progress will conduct a training webinar on Nov. 17 from 2 – 4 p.m. for those teachers new to the administration of the Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP).

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NCSC student report portal closes

The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Reporting Portal permanently closes this Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. All Student Reports for the MEA Alternate Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy must be downloaded by that time. All registered test coordinators are required to make copies for schools, parents and sending districts, if applicable.

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Maine follows the national trend on the Nation’s Report Card: NAEP

AUGUSTA – Test scores from the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), in grades 4 and 8, released today show Maine remains above the national average even as mathematics scores slightly declined and reading scores saw no statistical change.

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Maine DOE announces conditional assessment awardee

The following Priority Notice was distributed on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to superintendents regarding the conditional vendor award to Measured Progress, Inc. for the 2015-16 administration of the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.

Dear Educators,

As a result of action during this past Legislative session, Maine will no longer participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

We are pleased to announce that the Maine DOE has made a conditional decision, based on a competitive process outlined by the Maine State Division of Purchases, to award Measured Progress, Inc. the contract to develop and deliver our Mathematics and ELA/Literacy assessment in 2015-16. This proposal includes an assessment developed by Measured Progress, Inc. for students in grades 3-8 and the SAT for third year high school students.

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NCSC Student Reports available to Test Coordinators

On Monday, Oct. 12 the National Center for State Collaborative (NCSC), Maine’s 2015 alternate assessment for math and English language arts/literacy, made Student Reports available to all registered Test Coordinators and notifications were sent via email. Test Coordinators are advised to download these student reports and make copies for schools, parents, and sending school districts, if applicable. Access to the reports will remain open until Nov. 6.

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Interpreting math & ELA/literacy (Smarter Balanced) reports

This week the math and ELA/literacy parent/guardian student reports are being shipped to schools from Measured Progress. Each report includes a cover letter from Maine DOE’s Acting Commissioner Tom Desjardin. The Department has also developed a sample letter you may use and/or customize for parents. The letter includes a link to a brief webinar to assist parents in understanding student reports.

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Invitation to participate in NECAP science inquiry task field test

Maine DOE is recruiting schools again this year to serve as field testing sites to administer the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science Inquiry Tasks in grades 5, 8, and 11. This opportunity allows Maine educators to see science performance assessment tasks in action. The field tests will occur between Nov. 2 and Nov. 20.

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Maine DOE no longer provides support for College Board assessments

For many years, the Maine DOE has provided various College Board assessments to high school students. Maine’s required assessment system changed at the end of 2013-14 to no longer require the College Board assessments (former ReadiStep, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT). To support schools through that transition, the Maine DOE provided the College Board assessments (the actual test and the cost of that test) on an optional basis during 2014-15. However, now for the 2015-16 school year, Maine DOE is not providing assessments beyond what is state-required, which is still being determined through the RFP process.

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