Maine DOE offers new resource to help local districts monitor student growth in reading

The Maine Department of Education (Department) will begin using a universal reading metric called The Lexile® Framework for Reading to help Maine school districts monitor student growth and progress.

The Lexile Framework, which aligns with Maine’s State eMPowerME Assessments administered to grades 3 through 8 (among many other nationally used assessments), will allow districts to benchmark reading growth and assist with a comparison of data across commercial assessments.

“The framework will provide all schools in Maine with an additional resource to enhance classroom instruction,” said Maine Department of Education Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr. “It will also help schools in their efforts to support families working at home with their children.”

The Lexile Framework was created by MetaMetrics® and provides a scientific approach to measuring growth and matching students to ability-appropriate learning materials. The Lexile Framework involves a scale for measuring both the reading ability of an individual and the text complexity of materials he or she encounters.

Content specialists at the Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with MetaMetrics, are beginning to prepare professional development opportunities that align with Lexile Framework data to help districts make instruction improvements based on student need.

The new resource is available through funds from Title I grant money from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by Maine’s Department staff, with ongoing professional learning opportunities to support statewide implementation.

Set to become available late spring/early summer, districts will be able to start using the new resource to monitor growth beginning in the 2018/19 school year, both within a single school year and from year-to-year going forward.

For more information contact Rachel Paling, Maine DOE Director of Communications at Rachel.paling@maine.gov or (207) 624-6747.

MSAA Alternate Assessment Test Coordinator Training Webinar

As a reminder to District Assessment Coordinators, Test Coordinators providing assistance with the upcoming administration of the MEA alternate Assessment, MSAA are invited to attend a training this Friday, February 16 at 2:30pm.  This webinar may be accessed online here.

This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Maine DOE MSAA website.  Online training will also be available within the MSAA site March 5 – May 4, 2018.

For questions regarding this training, please contact Sue Nay at sue.nay@maine.gov.

Cancellation: 2/7 SAT Workshop cancelled due to weather

The following professional development workshop scheduled for tomorrow, February 7, 2018 (tomorrow) has been cancelled due to the anticipated snow storm. Registrants are being notified directly by email. The morning eMPowerME session will continue as originally scheduled.

2018 SAT Assessment Workshop – Augusta

Date: February 7, 2018 –
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Event Type: Conference or Workshop
Content Area: Maine’s Comprehensive Assessment System
Grade Level(s):
Presenter: Maine DOE/Measured Progress/eMetric

Description of Training:

Workshop designed to provide a detailed overview of the SAT administration as educators prepare for the April 10, 2018 administration of SAT School Day in Maine. Enhancements regarding College Board updates for 2017-18 include: students not required to supply a photo ID; discontinued use of SAT admission tickets; and changes to the student questionnaire (SDQ) process. In addition to reviewing key dates and deadlines, this session will provide a general overview of the College Board’s SSD process.

URL/Website for Additional Information:
http://events.egov.com/eventreg/ME/event.htm?name=2018satassessmentworkshopaugustapm

Event Location:
Augusta Civic Center
76 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

Contact Information:
Eric Buckhalter
eric.buckhalter@maine.gov

Program Producer/Provider Information:
Department of Education

2017-2018 ESEA Report Cards

The 2017-2018 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Report Cards are now publicly available in the Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS).  The 2017-2018 ESEA Report Cards present results from the 2016-2017 school year.

The ESEA Report Cards are designed to meet federal requirements for data reporting as outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  States are required to provide an annual report card to inform stakeholders about the progress of students and schools on indicators of student achievement, graduation rates, status of ESEA accountability and information on fully certified teachers.

The 2017-18 ESEA report card is for informational purposes only and does not impact school accountability status. Title I Accountability status for 2017-2018 remains as determined by school performance reported for the 2013-2014 school year. A new school and district accountability system will be implemented at the beginning of school year 2018-2019 as part of Maine’s approved ESSA plan with the U.S. Department of Education.

MAARS can be accessed through the following link, which is also located in the Maine Department of Education website.  Report Cards can be accessed in MAARS from the “Quick Reports” page by clicking on the “School,” “District,” or “State” button for school year 2016-2017, which downloads an excel sheet with links to each Report Card.

Further questions regarding the purpose of the 2017-2018 ESEA Report Cards should be directed to ESEA Federal Programs and Title I Director Chelsey Fortin-Trimble at Chelsey.A.Fortin@maine.gov or call 624-6815.  Questions regarding assessment and data reporting should be directed to Assessment Director Andrew Hudacs at Andrew.Hudacs@maine.gov or call 624-6827.

 

SAT 3rd Year High School Student Enrollment Confirmation

As previously announced, the 3rd year high school student enrollment (bulk registration) file for spring 2018 SAT assessment will be sent to Measured Progress/College Board on Friday, February 2, 2018. Any students changing enrollment after 2/2/18 will need to complete paper registrations on the day of SAT testing (4/10/18 or the makeup date on 4/24/18). SAT enrollments can now be checked in NEO.

Confirm your enrollment in NEO/Student Data (for SAT bulk registration) Dashboard https://neo.maine.gov login:

1.) Click “Student Data” module

student data

2.) Click “Student Reports” module

student reports

3.) Choose Reporting Area “Assessment” – SAT Report
assessment

4.) Click View Report

If there are discrepancies in your 3rd year high school enrollment, please recheck your enrollment system and/or contact the DOE Data HelpDesk at MEDMS.helpdesk@maine.gov or 624-6896.

MEA Science and eMPowerME – Large Print and Paper Order Requests Due 1/26/18

If a student cannot take the MEA Mathematics and ELA/Literacy (grades 3-8) assessment online and needs a paper-version (regular size print or large print) due to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or special accommodations such as a 504 plan or other specific reasons, requests must be made individually using the following forms:

  • eMPowerME LP Paper Version Request 2018
  • eMPowerME regular print Paper Version Request 2018

The MEA Science (grades 5, 8, 3rd year high school) is a regular size print/paper test. If a student requires this assessment in large print due to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or special accommodations such as a 504 plan or other specific reasons, requests must be made individually using the following form:

  • Science LP Paper Version Request 2018

Individual requests for different versions of either assessment are due to DOE by Friday January 26, 2018. Requests must be sent via SECURE EMAIL to Nancy Godfrey nancy.godfrey@maine.gov. Requests are reviewed by the DOE Assessment Team and approved or denied with an email confirmation.

For more information or questions contact Nancy Godfrey, Assessment Coordinator for the Maine Department of Education at Nancy.godfrey@maine.gov or 207-624-6775.

Student Enrollment Files and Assessment Preparation Dates

Please be aware of the following important dates regarding student enrollment when preparing for the 2018 spring Maine Educational Assessments (MEA). The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is continuing the transition from the data management software platform Infinite Campus to Synergy State Edition. The following table outlines the dates in which student enrollment files are captured in Synergy State Edition by the DOE, and sent to Measured Progress, the contractor for state required assessments:

  • Science
    • MEA General (Grades 5, 8, 3rd year high school)
    • Alternate/PAAP (Grades 5, 8, 3rd year high school)
  • Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy
    • General Grades 3-8 & – eMPowerME
    • General 3rd year high school – SAT
    • Alternate/MSAA (Grades 3-8, 3rd year high school)
Data File Completion Date
PAAP Science Enrollment Data File completed
MSAA Enrollment Data File 1/8/18
eMPowerME Enrollment Data File 1/19/18
SAT Enrollment Data File 2/2/18
MEA Science Enrollment Data File 2/26/18
NEW: Date enrollment is captured for assessment reporting 5/4/18

Enrollment in Synergy includes:

  1. Identification of student participating in alternate assessments, which cannot be changed after March 1, 2018.
  2. Attending district/school

The following bullets explain the process for updating changes to student enrollment from the data file upload date to the testing window for each assessment in chronological order:

  1. PAAP Alternate Science
    1. This data file was sent to Measured Progress in November 2017, as the PAAP Task Bank opened 12/1/17. The testing window is 3/1/18-4/30/18. If student enrollment changes between 12/1/17 and 4/30/18, please contact Sue Nay at 624-6774 or sue.nay@maine.gov.
  2. MSAA Alternate Math & ELA/Literacy
    1. The enrollment data file will be sent to Measured Progress on 1/8/18. If student enrollment at your school changes between 1/9/18 and 5/4/18, please contact Sue Nay at 624-6774 or sue.nay@maine.gov.
  3. eMPowerME General Math & ELA/Literacy
    1. The enrollment data file will be sent on 1/19/18. Beginning on 2/19/18, nightly enrollment changes will be captured in Synergy and sent to Measured Progress/eMetric to facilitate the changes between 1/20/18 and 4/13/18 in the eMPowerME Portal.
    2. If nightly enrollment uploads from the DOE to Measured Progress/eMetric are not immediately captured in the eMPowerME Portal, please call the DOE Data Help Desk at 624-6896 or MEDMS.helpdesk@maine.gov.
  4. SAT General Math & ELA/Literacy
    1. The enrollment (bulk registration) data file will be sent on 2/2/18. If student enrollment changes between 2/3/18 and 4/10/18, students will not have a Pre-ID label for their test booklet and must paper-register on the SAT school day or make-up day.
  5. SAT General Science
    1. The enrollment data file will be sent on 2/26/18. If student enrollment changes between 2/27/18 and 4/13/18 for high school students, or between 2/27/18 and 5/4/18 for grades 5 & 8), students will not have a Pre-ID label for their test booklet. Student will continue to test as scheduled but will enter demographic information through paper-register/bubble-in fields on extra/blank Science test booklet(s) the day(s) of testing.

Questions can be addressed to: Varun Motay 624-6657 or varun.motay@maine.gov