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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO. 160
POLICY CODE: ILB
TO: Superintendents of Schools (Please forward to Asst. Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, High School Principals, Department Chairs, Guidance Directors, and Special Education Directors)
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: June 30, 2006
RE: Grade 11 Reading and Mathematics Expectations Development
Key Points Covered in this Informational Letter:
• Proposed Grade 11 Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) in reading and mathematics have been developed and are posted on the Department website for public review and comment.
Grade 11 GLE Development
In order to meet the federal guidelines contained in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), in particular the requirement to assess student performance annually in grades 3-8, the Maine Department of Education developed enhanced GLEs for reading and mathematics in grades 3-8 based on the existing language of Learning Results performance indicators and representing the depth and breadth of the standards. NCLB also requires states to assess student performance in reading and mathematics once in high school. In Maine, students are assessed in the 11th grade or their third year in high school on the SAT in the spring of the academic year.
The Grade 11 GLEs have been posted on the Department of Education website at http://www.maine.gov/education/lsalt/gles11.html for review and comment by Maine educators for 30 days. Following the comment period, Department content specialists will consider all replies and prepare a set of recommendations for the Commissioner. The approved Grade 11 GLEs will be posted on the Department website and disseminated to the field in late August before the school year begins.
Maine’s High School Assessment
Beginning with the 2005-2006 school year, the SAT tests in critical reading, writing, and mathematics replaced the grade 11 Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for secondary students. For State of Maine purposes, the SAT will continue to be administered in the spring of each year. The shift to the SAT represents a strategic step towards a more integrated high school testing program and an effort to build a more effective set of policy initiatives designed to increase post-secondary aspirations, opportunities and degree attainment.
The Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees will continue to advise the Commissioner on all technical and policy issues related to the Grade 11 assessment and make recommendations to the Commissioner as needed. The Learning Results Steering Committee, as the Committee of Practitioners for NCLB, will also discuss strategic implications of the Grade 11 assessment and make recommendations to the Commissioner as warranted.
For additional information about this process or if you have questions, please contact: Tad Johnston at tad.johnston@Maine.gov and Dan Hupp at dan.hupp@Maine.gov for mathematics, and Diana Doiron at diana.doiron@Maine.gov and Patsy Dunton at patsy.dunton@Maine.gov for reading.
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