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Informational Letter #: 51
Policy Code: 1K
To: Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, IASA Coordinators
From: J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
Re: Maine’s New Title I Adequate Yearly Progress System
Date: February 28, 2001
The Maine Department of Education is pleased to give you a copy of Not by a Single Measure: Maine’s Adequate Yearly Progress System. The document is the result of the work the Adequate Yearly Progress Workgroup who helped to shape the new Title I Accountability System. The system is:
beasy to understand and to calculate;
bincorporates local assessment measures;
bfocuses on the achievement of those students
most at risk of failing to meet the Learning Results;
bidentifies a small number of schools, called Priority
schools, for intensive technical assistance and support.
Schools are identified as failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress if 70% or more of their students score below Meets the Standards with average scale scores of 536 or less in reading, writing (English/Language Arts) and mathematics for two consecutive years. These schools are Maine’s Title I Priority Schools. Districts with fifty percent or more Title I Priority schools are identified as Priority districts.
Not by a Single Measure: Maine’s Adequate Yearly Progress System