Important Update About NEO Accountability Report and Certification

This year the Department launched the NEO Accountability Report and Certification reports which were created to assist with data reporting for assessment and accountability.  These reports were meant to be used by districts and schools ahead of time to validate data for students who need to be assessed, allowing for a clean data set to be sent to for assessment and accountability reporting, and no cleanup and validation necessary in the fall.

Unfortunately, due to the many technical issues with the Accountability Report and Certification, the Department is closing the reports. While there was much progress made in fixing the technical issues, due to the complications with the reports and the lack of districts who were able to complete the report, the former process of allowing fall data cleanup will continue for this year only.

To meet assessment and accountability reporting deadlines, the current data was pulled and will be sent to the reporting vendor as is.

As in the past, districts and schools will be able to validate the data manually in the individual and aggregate assessment reports in the Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) in the fall.

In the future, the Department will release the NEO Accountability Report and Certification again to be used for the 2018-2019 school year, with no data cleanup for the fall of 2019.

For further questions contact Maine DOE Data Manager Charlotte Ellis at