Category Archives: Assessment

Maine identifies the 1% alternate assessment population

Many districts have identified their students participating in alternate assessments in Infinite Campus State Edition, ahead of the October 6 deadline. The Department populated spreadsheets from each district report last year so an update is all that is needed. If the district’s identified population remains the same, there is no need to contact the Department.

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Maine DOE ACCUPLACER® units discontinued

As of July, Maine DOE discontinued access to ACCUPLACER® for students as part of the State’s testing program. High schools who would like to continue to utilize the ACCUPLACER® as a diagnostic assessment and placement tool for college-bound students are encouraged to establish independent accounts and transfer units from the State account.

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Maine DOE announces alternate assessment workshops

The Maine DOE is sponsoring a series of four workshops for the MEA Alternate Mathematics and ELA/Literacy (MSAA) and the MEA Alternate Science (PAAP) assessments.

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District Assessment Coordinators Confirmation

The following Priority Notice was sent to district administrators.

Dear Superintendents,

The Maine Department of Education is ready to start sending out information about the Maine Educational Assessments, and the primary audiences include District Assessment Coordinators (DAC). They will receive information in preparation for the 2016-17 test administration, and they will receive information regarding the results from the 2015-16 test administration.
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2016 fall assessment workshops – MAARS & SAT reporting systems

Training for the Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS – replacing iServices) and redesigned SAT are now scheduled and will be held in various locations (Portland, Waterville, Bangor, Lewiston, Presque Isle) during the week of October 31.

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Districts asked to designate assessment coordinator

The following Priority Notice was distributed on Wednesday, Sept. 7 to superintendents requesting they identify a district assessment coordinator to coordinator and ensure a successful administration of the 2016-17 State assessments.

Dear Superintendents,

As we begin another school year, your district will again identify individuals in key roles in the NEO Staff System. On behalf of the assessment team, I am asking you to consider carefully your choice of the individual designated as the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC). While the DAC may not be directly responsible for all the details associated with the various assessments, the Maine DOE will count on this individual to be familiar with all State assessments in order to help address any issues that may occur.

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First Early Childhood Education Institute planned for this month

The Maine Department of Education’s first Early Childhood Education (ECE) Institute will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on August 23-24 for over 200 invited ECE professionals.

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Temporary job opportunities: Assessment Administrators

Westat Data Corporation is recruiting motivated individuals who are committed to excellence and are experienced in working with primary and secondary school students for the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (also known as NAEP or The Nation’s Report Card) for the National Center for Education Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Education.

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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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Maine DOE announces 2016-17 testing dates

The following Priority Notice was sent on Wednesday, June 15

To better assist the field with planning for the 2016-17 school year, the Maine Department of Education has released testing dates for the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS), including the required Maine Educational Assessments and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The testing dates are as follows:

  • MEA (Alternate) Science
    • 12/1/2016 – 4/30/2017
  • MEA – English Language Proficiency
    • 1/17/2017 – 3/3/2017
  • MEA (Alternate) English Language Proficiency
    • 1/17/2017 – 3/3/2017
  • NAEP (selected schools)
    • 1/30/2017 – 3/10/2017
  • MEA (Alternate) Math & ELA/Literacy
    • 3/6/2017 – 5/12/2017
  • MEA – Math & ELA/Literacy (grades 3-8)
    • 3/20/2017 – 4/14/2017
  • MEA – Science (high school)
    • 4/3/2017 – 4/14/2017
  • MEA – Math & ELA/Literacy (high school SAT)
    • 4/5/2017
  • MEA – Science (grades 5 & 8)
    • 4/24/2017 – 5/5/2017

As a reminder, the Department recently announced anticipated release dates of the 2015-16 assessment results.

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