Commissioner’s Update – April 4, 2013

From the Commissioner

During his State of the State address in February, Governor LePage announced that Maine will introduce a school performance grading system to simplify for parents, taxpayers and others how their schools are doing. Many of you have expressed interest in and concern about how we will generate the grades, and what we will do to support schools that receive low grades.

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East End kindergartner Antonio Hernandez explains his math journal to Commissioner Bowen.East End kindergartner Antonio Hernandez explains his math journal to Commissioner Bowen. | More

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Portland schools establish promising practices for all students

When I visited East End Community School and Riverton Elementary in Portland last week as part of my Promising Practices Tour, I was blown away by the measures they’re taking to ensure all students are engaged in learning—not an easy feat in such a multilingual district. By Commissioner Bowen | More | Press release

Governor’s Conference on Education videos, resources available

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage speaks from the heart about what motivates him to seek education reform at the Governor’s Conference on Education: Putting Students First, and you can now watch that video online. | More

Submit student nominations for Dirigo Boys and Girls State

The Legislature recently passed a resolution expressing support and appreciation for the Dirigo Boys and Girls State programs. This year’s Boys and Girls State programs will take place June 16-20. | More

Smarter Balanced practice test more broadly available

Due to the overwhelming demand for access to the Smarter Balanced Volunteer Pilot assessment from principals, teachers, parents and the public, the Executive Committee has decided to release a more complete and more broadly available “practice test” in lieu of the Volunteer Pilot assessment. | More

Maine FFA officers celebrate Maine Agriculture Day at the Legislature

During their stay in Augusta, Maine’s FFA state officers described to legislators and other guests the expansion of their organization throughout the state. | More

2013 Educator Talent Pool recommendations deadline coming up

The Maine Department of Education is accepting recommendations for the 2013 Maine Educator Talent Pool through April 30, 2013. | More

Preview new English language proficiency test

The 31 states that have banded together to create a new, computer-based assessment system for English language learners are getting their first glimpses at the new English-language proficiency exam being developed to measure the language demands of the Common Core State Standards. | More

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