Commissioner’s Update – December 3, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

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.

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Notice of annual audit requirements

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Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) update

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Maine DOE continues to provide support and announces 2015-16 Schoolwide Annual Review list

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Maine DOE partners with the UMF Office of Graduate Studies

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School construction projects continue to progress

School construction projects in the state are continuing to progress as the Maine DOE School Facilities team works with the 12 highest-rated school systems. | More

League of Innovative Schools enters fifth year

The Maine DOE in collaboration with the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC), convened six districts in the League of Innovative Schools (LIS). | More

Mid-Maine CTE promotes new student video production

Career and Technical Education media programs allow student to learn how to produce communication videos. | More

FFA students hold leadership workshop in Presque Isle

Student State Officers of the Maine FFA Association (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) conducted an all-day leadership workshop for over 100. | More

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