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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 15
POLICY CODE: ILBA
TO: Superintendents of Schools, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Special Education
Directors, School Health Coordinators, Title 1 Coordinators
CC: Maine Assessment Portfolio (MAP) Participants, Local Assessment Development (LAD)
FROM: Susan Gendron, Commissioner
Coordinators of the Local Assessment Development Project
DATE: August 19, 2003
RE: Local Assessment Development Formal Field Test
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued efforts and support as we develop and implement Local Assessment Systems. We are pleased to announce the beginning of the formal Local Assessment Development (LAD) Field Test. Dozens of assessment task sets aligned with Maine’s Learning Results have been drafted in the subject areas of English language arts (ELA), mathematics, health and physical education, science and technology, and social studies. Additionally, several integrated task sets have also been developed. With the help of Maine teachers, these task sets have been piloted over the past year and are now ready for a formal field test. Field test participants contribute directly to the quality of the assessments, the supportive assessment notes, the development of benchmarks, and the documentation of validity and reliability. LAD cannot achieve its goal of providing a diverse collection of technically sound assessments, from both large and small schools representing all geographic areas across the State, without the participation of Maine teachers. Please encourage your teachers to participate in this field test which promises to be an exciting educational opportunity. See the enclosed flyer for additional information regarding our upcoming orientation session.
Thank you in advance for encouraging your teachers to consider participating in the field test. We look forward to working with representatives from 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. Our ability to provide districts with assessments is directly proportional to your willingness to participate in this effort!
If you have questions about the project, please contact one of the LAD resource people listed below.
Pam Rolfe, Local Assessment Coordinator 624-6785 email@example.com
Jana Boody, Social Studies, Local Assessment 624-6874 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Byers-Small, Mathematics and Science 794-6986 email@example.com
Linda Cote, Health and Phys. Ed, Local Assessment 624-6686 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marsha Cottrell, ELA (K-4), Local Assessment 624-6783 email@example.com
Denice Hatch, ELA (5-12), Local Assessment 624-6786 firstname.lastname@example.org
Crystal McNaughton, MMSA Project Assistant 287-8195 email@example.com
Debra McIntyre, Mathematics and Science 338-4201 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Pooler, Local Assessment Project Assistant 624-6638 email@example.com
Jill Rosenblum, Project Coordinator Mathematics & Science 287-6644 firstname.lastname@example.org