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INFORMATIONAL LETTER # 122
POLICY CODE: ILBB
TO: Superintendents of Schools (Please forward to Asst. Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, School Principals, and Special Education Directors)
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
Key Points Covered in this Informational Letter:
MEA 2003-04 School and Student Reports will be
MEA Test Dates are
· MEA Format Unchanged in 2005
· 8th Grade MEA Online to include writing, reading, mathematics and science in 2005
MEA reports from the March 2004
test administration are scheduled for release to schools on
It will be extremely important, given the July date, to ensure that appropriate staff members are available to conduct the verification of the MEA local data. Once the MEA data have been verified, the Department will complete the required federal AYP determinations and release the information to SAUs and the media prior to the beginning of the school year.
The released item reports that contain test items, scoring guides and samples of student responses will be released in September. School personnel should be aware that beginning with this year’s results, 50% of the items that compose student and school scores are available for release annually. The released items will be representative of the content clusters and standards for each content area assessed. The Common Item Report (renamed the Class Analysis Report) has been redesigned to reflect the change in the release of items.
The MEA administration dates for
the grades 4, 8, and 11 assessments are scheduled for
The MEA Online program for grade 8 students in the 2004-05 school year will include all MEA content areas (writing, reading, mathematics, science/technology). Improvements in the computer based assessment system (CBAS) will simplify use for teachers and students. Some 2500 students in 55 schools successfully participated in the MEA Online writing assessment in March 2004. I wish to express my thanks to the schools and students who participated in the preliminary pilot testing and initial implementation.
MEA Online Bulletin #5 from
Measured Progress (sent
As a final note, the MEA Online assessment comparability studies are underway with an analysis of student writing samples from the 2003-04 writing assessment. A more comprehensive comparability across all MEA content areas planned for this spring has been delayed until fall. Measured Progress will be recruiting participants for the comparability study in the early fall.
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