March 16, 2017
Maine’s public school students in grades 3-8 and in the third year of high school are required by both state and federal legislation to be assessed each year in the areas of mathematics and English language arts (ELA)/literacy. As a result of state legislation enacted in June 2015 http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0872&item=5&snum=127, the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for mathematics and ELA/literacy has changed this year. In selecting a new MEA for mathematics and ELA/literacy, the Maine Department of Education set out to reduce the amount of testing time while still providing the detailed information educators and parents need to inform school and student progress toward meeting standards.
At grades 3-8, Maine will be using an assessment called eMPower™ME, a computer-based assessment developed by Measured Progress, the same testing company that develops Maine’s science assessment. There will be a 4-week testing window, from March 21 to April 15, 2016, during which students will sit for 7 separate testing sessions. Sample eMPower™ME items can be viewed here: http://www.maine.gov/doe/assessment/math-ela/administration/index.html.
Both eMPower™ME and the re-designed SAT are aligned to the content and skills outlined in Maine’s College and Career Readiness Standards, adopted in 2011 to guide instruction in Maine’s classrooms. Information about Maine’s content standards can be found at the following links:
While no single test can give a complete picture of achievement, the MEA combined with other information, can help us all better understand the progress of our students. These assessments can help schools and districts review and improve curriculum. They can also help to identify areas where a particular student needs additional support and where he or she has mastered the content and can be challenged to go deeper into the subject matter. Teachers can use the information to guide their instruction and provide more personalized learning opportunities for students. Parents can use the information to help support their child at home and to guide a discussion with their child’s teacher. Students can work on the areas where they need improvement to ensure they are staying on track to be successful in the next grade level.
We are committed to supporting student achievement, and the MEA helps us raise the bar for our students to ensure they are on the path to success. We are confident that, with the quality instruction delivered by our committed dedicated educators, and your support, our students can meet and exceed these expectations. We encourage you to reach out to your students’ teacher with any questions you may have about the MEA or your child’s progress.
Testing has been scheduled for 5th and 6th graders the week of March 20th, and for 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th graders the week of March 27th, with make up tests the following week. Please make every attempt to have your student in school on these dates.
Nut Free School!
DISES is becoming a nut free school. Please do not send any peanuts, peanut butter, foods containing peanuts or peanut butter, or other tree nuts to school with your child. Click here for more information.
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ISLAND EDUCATION REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE INTERIM REPORT
The staff here at DISES wish to thank the school board and the community for supporting our shift to trimester grading. This will enable use to better communicate student progress towards the standards. Trimester reporting will go into effect for the 2016-2017 school year
We are looking for volunteers to work with students at the middle school level in a variety of ways. There are two slots in the morning from 8:30-9:15 and from 9:15 to 10:00 where we are interested in having community members come in a teach to small groups of students. This could be a topic of interest to you. (building, plumbing, sewing, cooking...) This should be at least a four week commitment. Fingerprinting and background checks are required.
There is also a need for someone who might be interested in Leading a Math extension group for students who are interested in applying math concepts to solving real world problems.
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