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TO:                  Superintendents and School Principals

FROM:            Susan Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             September 12, 2005

RE:                   Timeline for Adequate Yearly Progress  (AYP) Information

The following information is being provided to local school officials to keep you informed about upcoming Department activities related to State requirements under the federal No Child Left Behind Act(NCLB).   Department staff members, working in conjunction with staff from Measured Progress, have made every effort to ensure that the data contained in this year’s AYP status reports are accurate.   MEA data files have been updated to include NCLB subgroup information.   By making better use of the MEA data review period, the Department was able to eliminate the need to send preliminary AYP reports to local districts for verification.

The Department is pleased to be able to emphasize a number of positive aspects of this year's AYP Reports: Every school in Maine met or exceeded the 95% participation rate; we have case studies of Continuous Improvement Priority Schools whose MEA scores have improved dramatically; and we have impressive data about the positive achievements of Maine schools.   Listed below are the critical upcoming dates for AYP related information dissemination:

Timeline for AYP Information:

Wednesday, September 14, 2005:

2004-2005 AYP reports from Measured Progress mailed to Principals and Superintendents

2005-2006 AYP school status identification letters from Maine Department of Education mailed to Principals and Superintendents

Tuesday, 1:00 PM, September 20, 2005

2005-2006 NCLB AYP list Maine Schools e-mailed to Superintendents

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

2005-2006 NCLB AYP list Maine Schools posted to web and released to media

Letters detailing district identification status will be mailed to Superintendents at a later date.  

For further information:   contact Rachelle Tome at 624-6705 or via email