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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  64
POLICY CODE:  ILBA

 

TO:         Superintendents of Schools, Private School Administrators, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, and Curriculum Coordinators

FROM:   Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:    November 23, 2005

RE:         Local Assessment System (LAS) Development Suggestions for Districts

Since we embarked upon a series of mid-course adjustments designed to simplify, slow down, and support Local Assessment System development, we have received numerous requests for guidance on what to do on LAS development in the meantime.  The purpose of this letter is to respond to these requests, even as we continue the review of Chapters 125 and 127.

Districts are advised to:

Please be assured that the Department is using all the data available to us to inform the revisions to Chapter 127 and subsequently to Chapter 125.  We are extremely pleased at how useful the SAU Review Process has been in filling in the picture of the current status of LAS implementation, and more broadly, the implementation of the system of Learning Results in all Maine districts.  I am confident, based on the data, that we will be successful in completing effective mid-course adjustments that help strike the correct balance for our schools and students.