Assessment Literacy Series

Using Assessment to Strengthen Instruction

in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science


Presented by the Maine Department of Education


Workshop Locations/Registration Links

Workshop Dates

Keeley’s Banquet Center, Portland

January 15, 2019

Snow Date: February 1, 2019

Jeff’s Catering, Brewer

January 24, 2019

Snow Date:  January 31, 2019

University of Maine at Presque Isle


January 29, 2019

Snow Date: January 30, 2019


State level assessment provides school systems with a useful lens through which educators can evaluate the effectiveness of curricula and instructional practices. This information can help educators improve programming to increase the number of students meeting expectations for learning standards in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science.  The availability of released item data and sample state assessment items, coupled with local level assessment information, enables educators to dig more deeply into what instructional practices are benefiting student learning as well as where adjustments could be made to result in greater positive impact. 


The Maine Department of Education will present full-day workshops to continue supporting educators in examining eMPower ELA and math and MEA science assessment data, connecting that data with locally generated assessment information, and identifying high impact instructional strategies that foster student engagement and achievement of learning standards.  Join Maine DOE ELA, Math, and Science specialists as they provide professional learning and resources that:

  • Connect state eMPower and science assessment to instructional practices
  • Delve into the roles cognitive demand and stamina play in instruction and assessment
  • Explore protocols for linking state level data analysis with local level data analysis

Participants will select one of 3 content areas in which to focus their learning during the day:  English language arts, mathematics or science.  Schools are strongly encouraged to register teams of 3 so that they will have representation in each of the 3 featured content areas. An alternate option is for educators to come as a team representing one content area (e.g. science teachers from a middle school).  Time will be provided during the day for teams to share their learning across content areas and to collaboratively plan for how to disseminate the day’s content back in their respective schools.


Lunch will be provided during each full day session which will run 8:30 – 3:30. Contact hours will be provided.  Registration requires a credit card. 


Cost is $ 40 per individual or $100 per 3-person team.