Maine DOE to implement new school staff survey

Please note that this notification is different from the NEO based HQT data collection requirement discussed in a recent Commissioner’s Update.

Maine school administrative units (SAUs) have been completing the Educator Quality and Effectiveness Survey initiated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) annually since 2010. The survey data has been collected through the Maine Education Data Management System (MEDMS).   Certain data elements of this survey are required for the Department’s annual federal reporting and other elements related to teacher and principal performance evaluation and professional growth (PE/PG) are now being collected by the Department’s educator effectiveness coordinator.  As a result and building upon the feedback collected from previous year’s surveys, the Department is implementing a new process for the data collection.

Beginning with the 2014 federal collection year (SY 2013-14), the survey will be called the EDFacts Annual School Staff Survey. This shortened survey will request data from the prior school year, therefore the survey administration time line will change from spring of the current school year to fall of the subsequent school year. The data collection for the 2013-14 school year will occur this August to ensure that all SAUs have completed their staff evaluations for the survey year requested.

Finally, the newly implemented Maine DOE NEO platform will house the survey when it becomes available. More details on this year’s survey administration and gaining access to NEO will follow as August approaches. For questions or technical assistance, please contact Maine DOE’s Ted Fournier at edward.fournier@maine.gov or 207-624-6845.