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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 16

 

POLICY CODE: ILBB

 

TO:                 Superintendents of Schools, Principals, Curriculum /Assessment Coordinators,

English, Math, Science, & Social Studies Department Chairs, Health Educators,

and MAP Pilot Year II Teachers

 

FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

 

DATE:             August 21, 2000

 

RE:                   Resource for Local Comprehensive Assessment System

 Maine Assessment Portfolio Project REGISTRATION

                       

We are writing to give you the opportunity to register one or more teachers for a professional development experience designed to build capacity to assess student achievement of Maine’s Learning Results. This project is specifically designed to assist with development of your local comprehensive assessment system.

 

 MAP is piloting a model of portfolio assessment based on the content standards and performance indicators from Maine’s Learning Results.  Portfolios for math, science, English language arts, and health are now in their 3rd year of development at the primary, elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Social studies portfolios are being introduced this year.  The project is supported by the Maine Department of Education, the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and the Maine Geographic Alliance. 

 

While all of the 1999-2000 participants are guaranteed the opportunity to continue in the project, there are openings available.  There are currently opportunities open in the disciplines of science, health, and social studies, and some limited openings in English language arts and mathematics.

 

Participants will be expected to complete the full portfolio cycle  (collecting student work, organizing portfolio collection, and collaborating on scoring) and to become local leaders by sharing learnings.  They must also commit to attend three days of regional training in September, January, and May, and to pilot one of the five content area portfolio models with at least one full class of students during the 2000 – 2001 school year. There is no registration fee and lunch is provided for all participants.  Eisenhower funds and/or Goals 2000 monies may be used to cover the expenses of substitutes and/or travel of the participating teachers. (Details in enclosed registration form.) 

  

 Each individual must complete and submit a copy of the appropriate registration form by the date indicated on the bottom of the form.  Teachers who submit this form can assume they are registered, unless they hear otherwise.  No return confirmation mailing will be made.

 

 We are looking forward to working with representatives of your school districts as we learn together to align teaching and learning activities with Maine’s Learning Results and develop more effective strategies for measuring achievement of standards.

 

 If you have questions about the project, please contact:

 

 

Content Area

Contact Person

Phone

E-Mail

 

Health

Susan Berry

287-5933

susan.berry@state.me.us

 

Mathematics

Dan Hupp

287-2538

dan.hupp@state.me.us

 

ELA

Pamela Rolfe

287-5924

pam.rolfe@state.me.us

 

Science

Jill Rosenblum

287-6644

jill.rosenblum@state.me.us

 

Social Studies

Sarah Simmonds

287-8281

sarah.simmonds@state.me.us

 

General Information

Susan Smith

287-5884

susan.smith@state.me.us

 

 

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