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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, and Special Education Directors


From:                J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:             October 17, 2002


RE:                   Local Assessment Pilot Process


We are pleased to announce the immediate release of our first set of grade span (K-2, 3-4, 5-8, 9-12) assessments for piloting in Maine classrooms. Piloting these assessments is the next step in building Maine’s Local Assessment System.  Your participation in this pilot is essential to gathering important feedback to inform the formal field-testing of these assessments in 2003-2004.


Designed to measure Maine’s Learning Results in English language arts, health and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, and social studies, these assessments represent some of the collection of assessments from our five summer assessment development institutes.  Others will be released in January 2003.


We ask that you encourage your teachers to review these assessments on our website, They may select one or more of them to pilot with their students this fall, as appropriate, considering their fall curriculum sequence. 


There are three ways teachers can participate in the piloting of these tasks and provide feedback:


·     Pilot task(s), complete pilot feedback review form, and bring student work to a pilot feedback review session in January or February.

·     Pilot task(s), send student work and completed pilot feedback review form to the Department of Education.

·     Pilot task(s) and either e-mail a response or participate in Local Assessment Development (LAD) Talk (an online interactive discussion forum on our website).



If teachers are interested in participating in the pilot and getting more information, there are several ways to register.  They can register at a Kick Off Meeting (see list of meeting sites and dates included in recent LAD newsletter), visit and register online, or print a copy of the registration form for completion and fax it to the Department at 624-6821.  For your convenience a registration form is enclosed.  Registration information is due by November 15, 2002.


We look forward to working with representatives of your school as we continue to develop assessments to be available for use in your in local assessment systems.


If you have questions, please contact Meon Stephenson, Local Assessment Project Assistant,, or phone 624-6638.