Category Archives: Dispatches

Department releases new online resources to support spring MEA administration

The Maine DOE continues to support schools as they prepare for a successful spring administration of the new online Maine Educational Assessment for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy and has recently added new resources to its website.

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Maine DOE adopts rules to strengthen public preschool programs

Rule Chapter 124:  Basic Approval Standards:  Public Preschool Programs has been formally adopted by the Department of Education and took effect Dec. 28.

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Alternate assessment for mathematics and ELA dates set, resources released

User and student registration will open next month for the National Center and State Collaborative Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Standards (NCSC AA-AAS) that will be used to assess mathematics and English language arts.

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Smarter Balanced practice, training tests now available

Smarter Balanced practice and training tests are now available at

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PAAP test bank live

The Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP) task bank is up and running with 206 students registered so far. The PAAP will be used this year to assess science in grades 5, 8, and the third year of high school.

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Department seeks public preschool classrooms for observation pilot

The Maine DOE is seeking public preschool classrooms to pilot a research-based classroom observation tool called CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System).

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Maine DOE announces social studies DBQ workshops

The Maine DOE is inviting teachers of grades 6-12 to participate in its 2015 Social Studies Document-Based Question (DBQ) Workshop series scheduled for March 9 and May 6 in Brewer and March 10 and May 8 in Portland.

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School, technology leaders reminded to complete assessment readiness survey

The Department is reminding school and district leaders to complete the short technology readiness survey in advance of the spring administration of the new Maine Educational Assessment for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

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Maine students invited to participate in 2015 Law Day Art Contest

The American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is inviting Maine students to submit work to the 2015 Law Day Art Contest.

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Maine to develop plan to ensure equitable access to effective educators

The Maine DOE is continuing its work to ensure an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective leader in every school. Continue reading