Commissioner’s Update – September 10, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

The Maine DOE has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking bids to provide statewide assessments online for mathematics & English language arts/literacy in grades 3-8 and the third year of high school beginning in the spring of 2016.

The public notice can be viewed in the Kennebec Journal beginning Sept. 9. A copy of the RFP can be obtained by contacting the Department’s RFP Coordinator, Acting Assessment Coordinator, Nancy Godfrey who can be reached at nancy.godfrey@maine.gov or 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.

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