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To:       Superintendents and Principals (please forward to Assistant Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, and Building Principals)


From:†† Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


Date:    October 27, 2003


Re:††††† Grade Level Expectations for Reading


This letter is posted to update you on the progress to date on the development of Maineís Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) in reading, and to invite your comments on the current draft of this document. It is intended to supplement Informational Letter 28 (October 3, 2003) and provide you with the most current version of the reading GLEs for grades 3-8.††


As you know, to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA), Maine must develop and test GLEs for mathematics and reading in grades 3-8. Maineís goal in the development of GLEs is threefold: to measure important facets of student learning in mathematics and reading, to reflect the breadth and depth of the Maine Learning Results for these disciplines, and to develop a manageable set of GLEs to test for NCLBA purposes. As a result, the number of GLEs in a grade for each content area is smaller than the number of Learning Results performance indicators for the grade span. Every attempt was made to create a set of expectations that clearly represent the content area and, at the same time, leave room for local choice in curriculum details and sequences.


The GLE Reading Panel met on October 7, 2003 to finalize their recommendations. The results of their work are attached to this letter in a Word document. These reading GLEs will be available for comment and feedback until November 10, 2003. Please send your written feedback to English Language Arts Specialist Diana Doiron at 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 or email at


Future Timelines

†††††††††† Maineís mathematics GLEs and reading GLEs will be reviewed by the Departmentís Technical Advisory Committee, Policy Advisory Committee, and Learning Results Steering Committee. These reviews should be completed by December, 2003 and the final set of mathematics GLEs and reading GLEs published then for use by districts.


Annual testing based on the Grade Level Expectations will begin in March, 2005. This will help Maine comply with the NCLBA requirement of reporting test results to the federal government in 2006.


Thank you in advance for your review and thoughtful responses to this document.Please respond by November 10, 2003.




Maine Reading Grade Level Expectations for Grades 3-8


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