The importance and influence of technology grows each year, as students of all ages have broad access to the Internet, especially through mobile phones. That includes a vast, seemingly limitless array of knowledge but also hazards that can be easy to fall into.
Yesterday, thousands of Maine students began the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy developed by Smarter Balanced. More than a decade after we began putting technology in the hands of Maine students and teachers to support their 21st century learning and teaching, our state is finally using this familiar environment to assess what students know and are able to do.
From what you’ve told us, the first day of online testing was a success. In the words of one district: “So far. So good.” Schools reported no major problems and expressed appreciation that our Department’s staff had quick answers to any questions asked.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The heads of Maine’s three public higher education systems told lawmakers on Tuesday that their institutions are in the midst of change but would come out at the other end better than they are today. “Our universities face an unprecedented combination of economic, demographic and competitive challenges,” [...]
The Maine Readers’ Choice Award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult fiction published in the United States the previous year. The aim of this award is to increase awareness and reading of literary fiction. The Maine Readers’ Choice Award honors books that exhibit exceptional writing and a compelling story that encourages reading and conversation among individuals and in Maine’s communities.
To be considered for the Maine Readers’ Choice Award, books must be:
FictionPublished in the United States the previous yearWell writtenCompelling story – you want to continue readingAppealing to a wide audience
Visit our Resources page to access discussion materials, author interviews and MRCA marketing resources for libraries and bookstores.
The Literacy in Learning Exchange and NCTE have assembled this excellent collection of resources for helping teachers learn how to help students tackle text complexity. Included in these resources are a video, an audio, several book chapters and a link to Maine's Cross Disciplinary Literacy Network group.
"Creating a high school schedule can be a careful experiment in balance and time management. As Scarborough High School students, like their peers across the state, work to balance their academics, extracurricular activities, social life, employment and other responsibilities, many of them are finding it difficult to fit the classes they want to take into their high school careers."
The Class of 2014 also was notable in that it was the state’s smallest in recent years, dropping to 12,362 students, a decline of more than 400 from the previous year and continuing a trend of declining public school enrollment across the state with the oldest population in the nation.
Teaching in America has been systematically de-professionalized. It's no longer a job where experience and creativity are valued. The evidence around that--beginning with test score-based teacher evaluation, and ending with federal funding for Teach for America-- is incontrovertible. We keep saying we want teacher leaders at the table, informing policy. But when Nancie Atwell was given a seat at a big, shiny international table, we're stunned when she tells her truth?
Heather Perkinson's insight:
Award Winning Educator Decries Current Teaching Climate:
Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of the two multi-state consortia given a total of some $360 million in federal funds to develop new exams that align with the Core standards. In this post, Talmage reports on what she found.
Ken Templeton, with The Great Schools Partnership here in Maine, shared this useful graphic organizer for designing assessments on the #edchatME Twitter chat this evening (go to Twitter and type in that hashtag to scroll through the whole chat if you missed it). It's adapted from Grant, Wiggins & McTighe's Understanding By Design (2004).
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