Pilot participation, training offered on alternate assessment

The Maine DOE is encouraging schools to participate in an upcoming pilot of the State’s alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

The second pilot for the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) will be held between Oct. 20 and Nov. 14. The Department is seeking participation from the field to provide input and to develop a better understanding of the content of the new assessment. To register or for more information, please contact Maine DOE Alternate Assessment Coordinator Sue Nay at sue.nay@maine.gov or 624-6774.

The Department will also offer four teacher trainings on this alternate assessment in early November. Educators are encouraged to attend to see how the new state-adapted assessment is being developed.

Trainings will be presented Nov. 4 in Presque Isle, Nov. 5 in Bangor, Nov. 6 in Augusta and Nov. 7 in Saco.  The morning session will focus on NCSC information while the afternoon session will be focused on the Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP) for science in grade 5, 8 and third year high school.

Seats are limited and advanced registration is strongly encouraged for the trainings and attendees are also asked to bring their laptops.

For more information and to register, contact Maine DOE’s Alternate Assessment Coordinator Sue Nay at sue.nay@maine.gov or 624-6774.