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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools, Principals, Curriculum /Assessment Coordinators, Special Education Directors, School Health Coordinators, Title 1 Coordinators


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

                        Coordinators of the Maine Assessment Portfolio Project


DATE:             September 14, 2001


RE:                   Maine Assessment Portfolio Project


              We are pleased to announce the beginning of the Maine Assessment Portfolio (MAP) Phase II. Dozens of performance task sets aligned with Maine’s Learning Results have been drafted in the subject areas of English language arts, math, health, and science, and have been piloted with the help of over 600 Maine teachers during each of the last three years. We are now ready to initiate a two-year formal field test of these task sets, which will serve to further improve the quality of this assessment option. We are writing to give you an opportunity to encourage your teachers to apply to participate in this field test, which promises to be an outstanding professional development experience. Please see the enclosed flyer for additional information.


We are also very excited to spread the news about the MAP website.  Educators across the state will have instant access to draft MAP task sets and to finalized tasks, field test statistics, and benchmark examples as they are generated by the field test. The website (debuting October 1st) will also support teachers through an electronic discussion forum and online training experiences.  More detailed information about can be found in the enclosed brochure.      Brochure, side 1      Brochure, side 2


         Please encourage your teachers to consider participating in the field test. We look forward to working with representatives of your school districts as we continue to align teaching and learning activities with Maine’s Learning Results and develop more effective strategies for measuring achievement of the standards. If you have questions about the project, please contact one of the MAP coordinators listed below.


General Information:

Susan Smith

624-6775 or e-mail

English Language Arts:

Pam Rolfe

624-6785 or e-mail


Grace Morgan

624-6695 or e-mail


Dan Hupp

624-6827 or e-mail


Jill Rosenblum

287-6644 or e-mail