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Spring 2009 Maine High School Assessment (MHSA)/SAT Initiative Updates
INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 61
TO: Superintendents of Schools, High School Principals, Guidance Counselors, Special Education Directors and Assessment Coordinators
The Mathematics Augmentation (Math-A) and Science testing will take place during a two week window beginning Monday, March 30th and ending Friday, April 10th. Any make-up testing must also be completed during this timeframe. The Math-A test will require 30 minutes of actual testing time while the Science assessment will consist of two, 1-hour tests. Please remember that students receiving (or who have applied to receive) accommodations on the SAT should use those same accommodations for the Math-A and Science tests. Practice questions and other specific information regarding the MHSA Math-A and Science tests can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/education/mhsa/mathaugmentandsci/ .
Measured Progress will be shipping the Math-A/Science testing materials via UPS for arrival at local high schools the week prior to testing. In the unlikely event that your school has not received the material by noon on Wednesday, March 25th, please contact the MHSA test administration Helpdesk at Measured Progress (1-866-615-2745) for overnight shipment of materials.
The SAT Reasoning Test component of the MHSA will be administered on Saturday, May 2nd with the official make-up occurring on Saturday, June 6th. In keeping with past practice, students taking the SAT for Maine Purposes Only (MPO), resulting in scores that are not reportable to colleges, can take the MPO form of the test from May 2nd through Wednesday, May 13th at their respective schools.
Student Registration/MEDMS Verification
Log into Infinite Campus State Edition https://maine.infinitecampus.org/campus/mese.jsp; Under ME State Reporting menu and select: Maine High School Assessment Students (making sure that the year is 08-09); Click Generate Report. Your list of MHSA students will be in EXCEL. Save the list to your computer and then open the list. Verify that the list of students is complete and accurate. Note: The MHSA list should contain the names of all students who are in their 3rd year since initial enrollment into high school regardless of their present grade level. If this list is incorrect (students need to be added or removed), contact Charlotte Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name of school; name of student; state student ID; grade of student; and the reason for adding or removing the student from the list.
More specific information regarding the registration process can be found at: http://www.maine.gov/education/satinitiative/registrationmaterial.html .
Free Student Readiness and Preparation Opportunities
Additionally, PrepMe.com of Chicago, a company not associated with the College Board, will also continue to make available their preparation program free to all Maine Juniors for approximately three months prior to the May 2nd administration of the SAT. More information on this program can be found at: http://www.prepme.com/maine .
Please be advised that the MHSA website is updated continually with the latest information regarding the high school assessment program. The MHSA website is located at: http://www.maine.gov/education/satinitiative/ .
Contact Information for MHSA Support
Math-A /Science Test Administration Helpdesk: Measured Progress at (866) 615-2745
SAT Administration: The College Board at (888) 728-4357
MEDMS: MEDMS Helpdesk at (207) 624-6896 or email@example.com .
Alternate Assessment: Kimberly Schroeter at (207) 624-6774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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