Commissioner’s Update – January 8, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

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

In the coming months, the Department will engage stakeholders in conversations to inform the development of a four to seven year state plan to provide all students with effective educators. The State will examine data and work with stakeholders to understand any identified differences in access to effective educators across high/low poverty and high/low minority schools and must submit its plan to the U.S. Department of Education by June 1.

Access to great teachers and leaders is a core priority of the Department’s Education Evolving strategic plan to put learners first, released in 2012.

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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. | More

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. | More

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). | More

Smarter Balanced practice, training tests now available

Smarter Balanced practice and training tests are now available to help schools better prepare students for the statewide spring assessment. | More

PAAP test bank live

The Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP) task bank is up and running with 206 students registered so far. | More

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). | More

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. | More

Department reminds district leaders EDFacts Staff Survey past due

The Dec. 19 deadline for completion of the 2013-14 EDFacts Annual Academic Staff Survey has passed. | More

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. | More

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 its 2015 Law Day Art Contest. | More

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