Assessment Professional Development and Learning Opportunities

As a follow-up to the September 6, 2018 notice in the Maine DOE Newsroom regarding scheduled opportunities for professional development and learning around assessment, the Department is providing additional information and registration details for upcoming sessions.

Lexile Framework for Reading

On October 9- 11, 2018, the Department in conjunction with MetaMetrics® will be conducting three (3) regional ½ day repeated sessions in Presque Isle, Bangor/Brewer and Portland areas. Each ½ day /3-hour session will provide attendees an overview of the Lexile Framework for Reading and the utilization of Lexile levels to support and impact instructional practice. This session will discuss and review student Lexile levels as determined by student performance on the Spring 2018 ELA eMPowerME state assessment and as reported on 2018 Individual Student Reports (ISRs) to parents.

The intended audience for this session is Special Educators, Librarians, English Language Teachers, English Language Arts (ELA) teaching staff, and elementary school teaching staff.

To register for the Lexile professional development session please click here.

Date Location Session times Registration
October 9, 2018 Elks Lodge

508 Main Street,

Presque Isle, 04769

PM – 12:30 -3:30 pm To register for Oct. 9 sessions, click here.
October 10, 2018 Jeff’s Catering

15 Littlefield Road,

Brewer, 04401

AM – 8:30 -11:30 am

PM – 12:30 -3:30 pm

To register for Oct. 10 sessions, click here.
October 11, 2018 Elks Lodge

1945 Congress Street,

Portland, 04102

AM – 8:30 -11:30 am

PM – 12:30 -3:30 pm

To register for Oct. 11 sessions, click here.

Maine’s Assessment & Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) Review & Released Items

On November 13-15, 2018, the Department in conjunction with FocalPointK-12 will be conducting three, one day sessions in Presque Isle, Bangor/Brewer and Portland areas.

During each morning session, attendees will be provided an overview of MAARS with a focus on confidential reporting elements. Please note, in order for participants to engage fully in this session, participants should ensure necessary permissions to access MAARS have been granted and provided from the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC).

Afternoon sessions will focus on English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics eMPowerME and Science released items and specifically the impact on curriculum and development review to instructional practice.

To register for the MAARS Review and Released Item session please click here.

The intended audience for this session is Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, curriculum coordinators, and ELA, Math and Science teaching staff.

Date Location Time Registration
November 13, 2018 Presque Isle Registration 8:30 am

Session 9 am – 3:30 PM

To register for Nov.13 sessions, click here.
November 14, 2018 Bangor/Brewer Registration 8:30 am

Session 9 am – 3:30 PM

To register for Nov. 14 sessions, click here.
November 15, 2018 Portland Registration 8:30 am

Session 9 am – 3:30 PM

To register for Nov. 15 sessions, click here.

For further information or additional questions please contact Janette Kirk, Deputy Director, Office of Learning Systems at or 624-6707.

Reminder to Superintendents: Updating of District Assessment Coordinators (DAC) in NEO

As a reminder to superintendents, Maine DOE is currently in the process of releasing and reviewing assessment results from the 2017-2018 MEA test administration.  We will soon transition into sharing information about the upcoming 2018-19 test administration.

All critical communication regarding the Maine Educational Assessments (MEA) is sent to the individual listed as the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC) within District Roles in NEO.  Please verify the correct individual is listed in NEO. A current listing of DACs can be accessed by downloading the most current version here. (Attached excel of DACs as of today 9/10/18).

If the DAC listed is not accurate, please update DAC information within the District Roles Section on the certification page of the Staff Module of NEO.

  1. Log into NEO
  2. Go to Staff Module
  3. Click on certButton2 and choose Certification Report
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to the District Roles section
  5. Under Designee – click on the dropdown arrow and select the correct person that will be the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC). The person must already have another position for your district in NEO staff or the person will not show on the list.
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  6. Once the person is selected, Click the Save Designees button to save the information to the database.
  7. If you have issues with the NEO staff module, please send an email describing the problem to
  8. Any other questions can be directed to Eric Buckhalter, Management Analyst or 207-624-6770.

Assessment Professional Development and Learning

During the month of July, Department staff engaged in the review of submitted Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)/SAU Consolidated Plans. All submitted plans have been reviewed and the Department continues final synthesis of review notes and team meetings in order to provide meaningful feedback to districts.

Cross team discussions during the review of submitted district CNAs/SAU Consolidated Plans afforded the Maine DOE  a unique opportunity to identify trends in challenges and successes experienced by  schools and districts across the state.  As a result of this review, the Department has developed a series of professional development and learning opportunities related to assessment and instructional practice. Full details including the list of dates will soon be available on the Maine DOE Professional Development & Training Calendar – at this time a listing can viewed in the following downloadable excel listing:

2018 Professional Development & Learning Opportunities (excel)

The first session of the series will be conducted via webinar and will focus on a Balanced Assessment System. This session will include an overview of the planned opportunities and timeline in addition to reviewing the key components of a Balanced Assessment System. Registration details regarding this session can be found below.

Session: Balanced Assessment Systems
Location: Webinar
Date & Time: September 26, 2018 at 2 pm
Join the Webinar (no registration necessary)

For further information please contact Janette Kirk, Deputy Director, Office of Learning Systems at or 624-6707.



ESSA Implementation and Report Card Release #success4ME

Formerly known as No Child Left Behind, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December, 2015.

During the fall of 2018, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) will begin implementation of ESSA including the rollout of Maine’s Model of School Supports and the public release of the Maine’s School Report Cards.

The reauthorization of ESSA provides Maine with the opportunity to develop and refine Maine’s strategic vision for education and provides flexibility for Maine to develop an accountability system known as Maine’s Model of School Supports, which incorporates measures of success beyond that of academic assessment data.

Over the coming weeks and months, in on-going communications from the Maine DOE Newsroom; official social media sites Facebook and Twitter (with use of the hash tag #success4ME); and in-person meetings throughout the State, the Maine DOE will be providing updates and information regarding Maine’s Model of Support, why it matters, and how it impacts schools and students.

In addition, the Department will be providing workshop sessions across the state for principals and school leaders to learn more about the School Report Card Dashboard and the Model of School Supports.  Registration information will be forthcoming.

Anticipated Timeline

  • September 2018 – January 2019 (and beyond): Ongoing communications via the Maine DOE Newsroom and in-person meetings scheduled throughout the State to prepare local officials and communities for the release of the implementation of ESSA and the public release of the report cards.
  • October 15, 2018: Confidential release of Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) student results with three weeks for districts to review and verify the data.
  • November 5, 2018: Public release of MEA student results.
  • November 2018: Internally, the Department will run the final and full 2017/2018 data through the Model of School Supports to check for accuracy.
  • December 2018: Confidential preview of School Report Cards for districts and schools followed by the public release of the School Report Cards.
  • January 2019: Department staff will meet with schools identified for tier III supports at regional meetings held throughout the State.


For further information, please contact Janette Kirk, Deputy Director, Office of Learning Systems at or 624-6707.


NAEP Assessment Positions Available

Westat is recruiting for the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as NAEP or The Nation’s Report Card, for the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is seeking motivated individuals who are committed to excellence and experienced in working with primary and secondary school students.

Positions are available for those interested in leading a team conducting assessments using touch-enabled tablets with 4th-, 8th-, and 12th grade students in participating schools across the state and for those interested in being a part of the team. Teams consist of 2-4 people, and will be responsible for assessment equipment during and between assessments. This opportunity is ideal for retired educators.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in core subjects. NAEP will be conducting assessments in Maine schools in 2019 and is looking for people to work from January to March 2019 who have education or research experience and are comfortable interacting with students in schools.

An online application can be found at

For more information, can be found using the links below or by contacting:

Linda Pomerleau, NAEP 2019 State Field Manager at 207-266-8138 or