What Is Academic Achievement? #success4ME

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Academic Achievement – English Language Arts (ELA)

Within Maine’s Model of School Support as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Maine uses data from Maine’s Education Assessments to define the academic achievement indicator as the number of students scoring at a performance level of 3 (meeting state expectations) or 4 (exceeding state expectations).  ESSA requires that each state’s accountability system, in Maine we call it Maine’s Model of School Support, includes academic achievement as measured by performance on the annual state assessments.

Why academic achievement?

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Academic Achievement – Mathematics

Maine’s strategic plan aims for students to graduate from high school workplace ready; academic achievement is a cornerstone of the Maine’s Model of School Support. Maine administers the Maine Educational Assessments (MEAs) annually to measure student performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and math.

What does this look like in Maine?

Using the cut-scores that have been established for each of the performance levels of the state assessment, students earn a performance level ranging from 1 to 4.

1 – Well Below State Expectation
2 – Below State Expectations
3 – Meets State Expectations
4 – Exceeds State Expectations

The state has established the ambitious goals for each school to improve academic achievement in ELA and math by 20% for each individual eligible student group using the 2016 assessment as the baseline year. This equates to a 1.4% increase in academic achievement for each student group, in each subject area, on an annual basis.

The school level descriptors for academic achievement are as follows:

Academic Achievement – English Language Arts (ELA)

Emerging Developing Meeting Excelling
No eligible student group made their annual target At least one eligible student group made their annual target All eligible student groups made their annual target All eligible student groups exceeded their annual target by at least 10%

Academic Achievement – Mathematics

Emerging Developing Meeting Excelling
No eligible student group made their annual target At least one eligible student group made their annual target All eligible student groups made their annual target All eligible student groups exceeded their annual target by at least 10%

Where eligible student groups (with an “n” size of 10) include: Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Two or More Races, White, Students with Disabilities, Economically Disadvantaged; migrant students, and English Learners.

Academic achievement will be presented on the school report card in the following way:

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The following are examples of elements the user may select to view:

  • Performance of specific student populations
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress
  • English Leaner performance
  • Student performance on the Alternate Assessment

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Further questions can be directed to Janette Kirk, Acting Director, Office of Learning Systems at Janette.Kirk@maine.gov.

PRIORITY NOTICE: MEA Released Items and Individual Student Reports Available

The Maine Department of Education in collaboration with school districts and schools have verified their 2018 Maine Educational Assessments (MEA) results data within the Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS). All data in the confidential (login credentials needed), and public sites is now available. Individual Student Reports (ISRs) are also available to districts to download.

This year to support Maine educators, the Department is excited to be able to release items from the math, English language arts (ELA) and science assessments at each grade level in which students in grades 3 – 8 take state assessments. School and district users will also be able to incorporate the released item data in their analysis of student performance. Data regarding district, school and individual student responses to released items are available the confidential MAARS site within Interactive Reports. The actual pdf versions of the released items are available on the maine.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/released-items site.

Elements for release include:

  1. The student versions consist of one item booklet per grade, 3-8, that contains each assessed content area (Math, Reading, Writing/Language, Essay).
  2. The associated teacher versions consist of one document per grade, 3-8, that contains each assessed content area and which include:
  • Items as seen on student version
  • Standard alignment notation
  • Answer key
  • Scoring rubrics where applicable
  • Scorer training notes and annotations
  • Exemplary responses where applicable
  • Sample student responses
  • Table of released item information

As a reminder to those who registered, the Department will be using these materials during the scheduled workshops to assist educators in navigating MAARS, examining their data, and linking it to instructional practice.

Further questions can be directed to Janette Kirk, Acting Director, Office of Learning Systems at janette.kirk@maine.gov.

MEDIA RELEASE: Maine DOE Releases 2017/2018 Education Assessment Results

The Maine Department of Education has released the 2017-2018 Maine Education Assessment (MEA) results in the content areas of mathematics, English language arts/literacy, and science.

The Department would like to thank schools, districts, and community members for their continued patience while an additional validation was completed after the initial delay in releasing the 2017/2018 results.

“This year the Department has three years of data from the same assessments which will allow for measurement across multiple years,” said Maine Department of Education Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr. “The new trend lines will assist the Department in determining where support is needed to help increase student achievement across the state.”

The public results can be viewed by school or district and by student group, including grade level groups, in the Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS).

PRIORITY NOTICE: Delayed Public Release of Maine Education Assessment (MEA) Results

The public release of the Maine Education Assessment (MEA) data scheduled for today, November 5, 2018, has been delayed.

The validation process is taking longer than anticipated and extra time is needed to allow the Department to work with our vendor, Focal Point K-12, to ensure that the data is accurate prior to its release.

The Department is making a concerted effort to complete the validation process so that we can release the results as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this unanticipated delay.

What is Academic Progress? #success4ME

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Academic Progress – English Language Arts (ELA)

The Academic Progress indicator, is one of four (4) indicators utilized in Maine’s Model of School Supports and is used for grades 3-8. Academic Progress is defined as the comparison of individual student assessment performance scores from one year to the next, aggregated to the school level.

At the state, district, school, and classroom levels, Maine educators are committed to creating a culture of support and encouragement for families with children experiencing challenges. In the past, Maine has focused solely on achievement and in particular, achievement gaps between student groups. Academic achievement records the number of students on average, who are performing at state expectations. Although this is beneficial to track, when conducting a more detailed analysis of data, academic achievement does not take into account the individual growth of a student.

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Academic Progress – Mathematics

What does this look like in Maine?

Each year students in grades three through eight are administered statewide assessments in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. Student performance on the state assessment is scored on a scale of 1 to 4.  A performance level of 3 or above indicates that a student is meeting grade-level expectations. Every student grades 3 -8 who has been in the same school for two consecutive years will receive a progress score by looking at his or her assessment results from the previous year in comparison to the current year. Individual students are assigned scores of 0 to 450 according to academic achievement scores from one year to the next. A score of 100 indicates expected growth. An individual score of less than 100 indicates that a student has not yet made adequate growth. The progress scores of all eligible students are added together and then divided by the number of eligible students.  The resulting number is the school indicator scores for ELA and math.

The above is repeated to determine a progress indicator score for mathematics and a progress indicator score for ELA.

How will academic progress data be presented on the school report card?

The school as a whole will receive a performance measure related to the percentage of students who are making academic progress. Academic progress rates will never be reported at the student level.

The school level descriptors for academic progress are as follows:

Academic Progress – English Language Arts (ELA)

Emerging Developing Meeting Excelling
A score of less than 100 for all eligible student groups A score of at least 100 for at least one eligible student group A score of at least 100 for all eligible student groups A score of at least 150 for all eligible student groups

Academic Progress – Mathematics

Emerging Developing Meeting Excelling
A score of less than 100 for all eligible student groups A score of at least 100 for at least one eligible student group A score of at least 100 for all eligible student groups A score of at least 150 for all eligible student groups

Eligible student groups include: Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Two or More Races, White, Students with Disabilities, Economically Disadvantaged, Migrant students, and English Learners.

Academic progress data will be presented on the initial page of the report card in the following way:

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To assist parents and community members in understanding academic progress, the report card provides “hover over” features that explain the definition of the performance level.

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Further questions can be directed to Janette Kirk, Acting Director, Office of Learning Systems at janette.kirk@maine.gov