Maine DOE clarifies use of State assessment in PEPG systems

The Department is offering clarification regarding the use of the State assessment as a student growth measure as described in Maine DOE Regulation Chapter 180, section 7 part 6. This rule requires the use of the State assessment for mathematics and English language arts/literacy teachers in grades 4-8 as one measure of student learning and growth in teacher summative effectiveness rating.

Although the law does not require the use of the State assessment for teachers outside of these content areas and grade levels described above, local school administrative units (SAUs) may choose to apply the State assessment to teachers as a collective measure in their Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) plans.

The law requires that districts develop a process by which they determine the use of collective measures, such as a State assessment. In the development of any process related to collective measures, the Maine DOE recommends that districts make a comprehensive effort to communicate with the majority of stakeholders to gain consensus.

The Maine DOE continues to be encouraged by the hard work and development of the PEPG systems throughout this pilot year. PEPG resources and updates continue to be made available through the Educator Effectiveness website. Drafts of the PEPG submittal forms will be available by Feb. 1, 2016. School administrative units may submit PEPG plans for approval beginning March 1, 2016. Plans will be reviewed for approval within 30 days of the submittal.

For questions, contact the Department’s Educator Effectiveness Coordinator Charles Lomonte at Charles.lomonte@maine.gov or 624-6748.