Category Archives: Mathematics

Preliminary assessment participation data available

The following priority notice was sent on July 12

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to share preliminary participation rate data for general assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy for grades 3-8 (eMPower™ME) and third year high school (SAT).

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Math teaching improves for students with disabilities

The Maine Department of Education provided three of its five days of intensive Foundations of Math training last month to some 30 educators in the Lewiston-Auburn and Turner areas. The rest of the training will take place in early August. The training is an integral piece of Maine DOE’s “Math4ME” special education initiative, designed to improve math achievement for Maine students with disabilities.

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Improving math achievement for Maine’s students with disabilities

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education will provide five days of intensive Foundations of Math training to 35 educators in the Lewiston-Auburn and Turner areas this week and in early August. The training, which begins today, is an integral piece of Maine DOE’s “Math4ME” initiative, designed to improve math achievement for all Maine students.

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It’s all about the questioning!

This is the third in a series of instructional articles to support teachers in implementing the 8 Effective Teaching Practices outlined in the book Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. This article discusses teaching practice 5: Pose Purposeful Questions.

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Preparing Test Administrators and Proctors for grades 3-8 eMPower™ ME testing

The following Priority Notice was sent on Monday, March 14

To best prepare Test Administrators and Proctors for a successful administration of this spring’s Maine Educational Assessment in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy for grades 3 through 8, the following resources are provided.

Prior to testing, Test Administrators and Proctors must be familiar with the Test Administration Manual found here.

Two required webinars include:

All Test Administrators and Proctors are required to sign the TA Test Security and Data Privacy Agreement which can be downloaded here.

In addition, Maine DOE recommends two segments of the eMPower™ ME Accessibility: Tools, Supports & Accommodations webinar (25 minutes). The first segment is at 4:40 minutes in to 8:05, and the second segment is 11:02 minutes in to 20 minutes. These segments will familiarize TAs with the embedded tools, testing taking aids, and basic navigation of the test environment. They are ideal for TAs who wish to work through the practice tests with their students but are short on time.

Questions may be addressed to Maine DOE’s Assessment Coordinator Nancy Godfrey at nancy.godfrey@maine.gov or call 624-6775.

More updates re: 2016 MEA

The following Priority Notice was sent on Saturday, March 12

The following updates are available regarding 2016 Maine Educational Assessment:

Student Data loaded into the iTester portal – This enables School Test Coordinators to begin the work of loading student accommodations and creating classes for testing sessions.

Test Security Webinar- This training is required for all School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators and Proctors who will be involved in the administration of the eMPowerME assessment of mathematics and English language arts/literacy at grades 3-8.

https://maine.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/training/

Test Security & Data Privacy Agreements- Agreements must be signed by each School Test Coordinators, Test Administrator and Proctor and maintained by the District Assessment Coordinator. http://www.maine.gov/doe/assessment/math-ela/administration/stc-testsecurityagreement-eMPowerME.docx http://www.maine.gov/doe/assessment/math-ela/administration/ta-testsecurityagreement-eMPowerME.docx

School Test Coordinator Manual- This manual provides guidance for the School Test Coordinator related to preparation for a secure administration of the 2016 eMPowerME assessment.  It is required reading for School Test Coordinators.

https://maine.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2016/03/eMPower_ME_School_TCM_FINAL.pdf

Test Administration Manual- This manual provides instructions for Test Administrators and Proctors regarding preparation for and the actual administration of the 2016 eMPowerME assessment, including the script to be used during the test administration.  It is required reading for Test Administrators and Proctors.

https://maine.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2016/03/eMPower_ME_TAM_FINAL.pdf

For more information, contact Assessment Coordinator, Nancy Godfrey at nancy.godfrey@maine.gov.

Important update from Measured Progress

The following Priority Notice was sent on Wednesday, March 9.  

President and CEO of Measured Progress Martin Borg has provided the following important update regarding preparations for the 2016 MEA assessment for grades three through eight. This message is in keeping with Measured Progress’ agreement with Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley to maintain the current schedule for test administration.

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Updates regarding 2016 MEA testing

 The following priority notice was sent on Wednesday, March 9.

The following updates are available regarding 2016 Maine Educational Assessments:

2016 Operational Procedures for the Maine Educational Assessments – This document assists schools with participation, enrollment, and administration issues. The Operational Procedures should be used in conjunction with each MEA’s Test Coordinator/Administration Manual.

Sample Parent Letter template regarding 2016 MEA (eMPower™ME and SAT)

eMPower™ME 25 minute webinar webinar regarding Accessibility: Tools, Supports & Accommodations

With the availability of paper-based, browser-based, and kiosk-based practice tests/sample items, the following documents outline the Directions for Administration (DFA) of Paper-Pencil and Online Sample Items for eMPower™ME Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.

For more information, contact Assessment Coordinator Nancy Godfrey at nancy.godfrey@maine.gov.

 

Mathematically speaking, what is fluency?

This is the second in a series of instructional articles to support teachers in implementing the 8 Effective Teaching Practices outlined in the book Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. This article discusses teaching practice 6: Build Procedural Fluency from Conceptual Understanding.

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Department releases Standards Review Panel Report

The Maine DOE has finalized for release the report from the Maine Learning Standards Review Panel. This broad-based panel was convened by Commissioner Jim Rier in 2014 to review the state’s English language arts and mathematics standards.

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