TO: Superintendents of Schools
A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: June 4, 2003
RE: Update – Maine Educational Data
Management System (MEDMS)
Maine Education Data
far, we’ve received about 60 responses to our point person request from
Informational Letter #72. We plan
to use this district point person as the contact for all MEDMS inquiries. Each point person will receive
information about the project and can then decide who within their school
district needs to have the information, and then disseminate the
information to those people.
who have not appointed a point person should still do so using the form
provided in Informational Letter #72.
have already heard from:
#1 MSAD #17 MSAD #45 MSAD #58
#3 MSAD #20 MSAD #48 MSAD #59
#4 MSAD #21 MSAD #49 MSAD #68
#6 MSAD #22 MSAD #50 MSAD #70
#8 MSAD #24 MSAD #52 MSAD #71
#9 MSAD #28 MSAD #53 MSAD #72
#13 MSAD #41 MSAD #54 MSAD #74
#16 MSAD #43 MSAD #56
Union #30 Union #47 Union #52 Union
Union #98 Union #106 Union #122 Union
Five Towns CSD CSD
#10 / Union #42
Long Creek Thornton Academy
Auburn Augusta Arundel Bath
Bucksport Cape Elizabeth Franklin Glenburn
Gorham Lewiston Madawaska Old
Raymond Richmond Sanford Waterville
Westbrook Wiscasset Yarmouth
New England has delivered the XML schemas needed for the School
Information Systems (SIS) vendors to transfer data. We have posted the schemas on the
following website for your review. The link is time sensitive and we
welcome your feedback no later than June 12th. All feedback should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
new version will be released June 5th, which will include the field
values. Please check back every two
weeks for any future updates.
has hired a new Project Manager, Bill Hurwitch. He can be reached by phone at 624-6816 or by email email@example.com.
our team includes:
Poulin has been busy meeting with various groups throughout the state
regarding MEDMS. In May he met
with Maine School Superintendents Association (MSSA) Executive Director
Ron Barker, Maine School Boards Association (MSBA) Executive Director Dale
Dougalss, as well as the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) Executive
Director, Dick Durost. He
presented information to the Androscoggin Valley Education Consortium
(AVEC) and to the State Curriculum Coordinators. Ray will continue bringing news to the field at the
upcoming Superintendents Conference in June and the CAEA Capitol Area
Educational Alliance. Looking even
further ahead, Ray is scheduled to talk with the ACTEM group in October
and put on a clinic at the MSBA Fall Conference.
MEDMS Project Team at the Department is working on the details of the
training plan. We anticipate the
training to take place in the 9 Superintendent regions across the state in
August. We will keep you posted on
this important event.
has initiated contact with all states in the U.S. to gather information
about data collection practices.
Maine will host the USDOE group in July. We anticipate a 3-day visit and a thorough review of our
current practices in data collection.
We are anxious to discuss with USDOE any additional requirements
they foresee in the future for data collection and then incorporating
those changes into MEDMS.
welcomes the following User Acceptance Testing (UAT) sites:
MSAD #8 MSAD #20 MSAD
#49 MSAD #67
MSAD #15 MSAD #39 MSAD #50 MSAD
Union #44 Union #93 Union #102
Arundel Lewiston Minot Waterville
- These folks will review documents from
xwave, offer feedback and participate in UAT testing prior to the release
of the MEDMS software across the state.
Many thanks to all for their interest and time.