Commissioner’s Update – January 21, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires all states to provide an annual report card to inform stakeholders about the progress of students and schools on indicators of student achievement, attendance and graduation rates, status of ESEA accountability and information on “highly qualified” teachers – information that is related to student success.

This report card also displays statewide academic achievement results in grades four and eight on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessments, as well as the participation rates for students with disabilities and limited English proficiency on the NAEP exam.

As part of Maine’s current approved ESEA Flexibility waiver, Maine continues to provide this annual report card to its stakeholders. The 2015-16 NCLB report serves as a baseline and is for informational purposes only. It will have no impact on school accountability status. Title I Accountability status for 2015-16 will remain the same as determined based on the 2013-14 school year data. A new accountability system will be established for school year 2016-17.

NCLB report cards are available here in the Maine DOE Data Warehouse.

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