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MEA Letter to Parents 2016

posted Mar 16, 2016, 5:48 AM by Krysti Hall   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 5:48 AM ]
March 11, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are letting you know that we will be administering Maine Educational Assessments once again this month.

The tests from last year are no longer and we are going back to this assessment which we have participated in

for over 10 years. This is an annual event that focuses on reading, writing and mathematics for students in

grades 3-8 and 11 and in science in grades 5, 8 and 11.

We use this assessment to insure that learning is occurring and the information we collect informs us, the staff,

on whether we are providing the appropriate level of instruction so that each student is prepared and ready for

graduation.  If you look at our vision statement, "Accountability is part of Islesboro learning culture. ", this does

prompt me ask the question around how are we working together to holding ourselves accountable to every

child's learning and what are the multiple pieces of evidence do we have to support that claim. Every public

school system needs to participate and to assess their implementation of the curriculum and this allows us to see

how we are doing compared to all other public schools in Maine.

My own take and another part of my philosophy of teaching and learning is that we know that your child is

more than a score. There’s more to a well rounded education than being able to take a test and do well so know

we are making sure our students know that fact. By the end of the year, parents will receive information

around how your child did in each area but know that their value as person has nothing to do with the number

on the score sheet.

We encourage students to try their hardest and do their best, while recognizing that any assessment is an in-the-

moment snapshot and not the final word on a child’s understanding or skill. Certainly a good night’s sleep and

healthful breakfast will go a long way toward minimizing anxiety and we appreciate your support in this regard.

The testing window for students in Islesboro is March 14 th through April 12th. We have scheduled the first

round of testing on Tuesday, March 22 st . We have structured our testing dates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and

Thursdays mostly in the mornings. We are avoiding Mondays and Fridays. If you would like to discuss this

assessment in more detail, in regards to your child, please email me at hknight@islesboro.k12.me.us at your

earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Heather A. Knight

Principal