Important News and Updates

What the Test Security Agreement Entails

posted Mar 17, 2016, 5:39 AM by Geoff Cyr   [ updated Mar 17, 2016, 5:40 AM ]

If you missed our recent presentations at SES and SDMS, there are important details that you need to know when you sign your Test Security Agreement.  Signing your Test Security Agreement implies that you have done three things:
  • You have read the Test Administrator Manual (linked on the left side of this page under "Quick Links."  The first 12 pages are the most essential; they have all of the information and regulations on the test itself.  Pages 12 through 36 are the scripts that you are to read to students during testing sessions.  Everything after page 36 is related to the paper-and-pencil version of the test, which we are not doing.  So, the first 12 pages are the most important to read right now.
  • You have watched the Test Essentials webinar (linked on the right side of this page under "DoE Webinars."  This seven minute webinar will give you the basics of the test structure.
  • You have watched the Test Security webinar (also linked on the right side of this page under "DoE Webinars."  This discusses some of the important test security considerations that everyone involved in testing must consider.
Test Security Agreements are due to the Central Office by the end of the day on Friday.  Links to the agreements (one for Test Administrators and Proctors and one for School Test Coordinators) are available in the right sidebar.

Finally, the slideshow for my presentation on "Important Details in the Test Administration Manual" is embedded at the bottom of this page.

Important MEA Updates, One Week Out

posted Mar 14, 2016, 2:23 PM by Geoff Cyr   [ updated Mar 14, 2016, 2:26 PM ]

We're just one week out from the start of MEA testing, and the DoE is piling on information about the assessment fast and furious.  Here is what you need to know.

1. Test Administration Manuals

The Test Administration manuals are now available for next week's assessments.  They are not quick and easy reads, but are required nonetheless.  You can access the TAMs on the left side of this page under "Quick Links."  Proctors should access the "Test Administration Manual," and School Test Coordinators should access the "School Test Coordinator Manual."  Reading the manuals must be done before signing the Test Security Agreement.

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2. Test Security

Two updates on test security.  First, Measured Progress released a 10-or-so minute webinar discussing some details of test security measures during the MEA tests.  A link to the webinar is provided in the top-right corner of the MEA Assessment Portal.  Also in the top-right corner of the MEA Assessment Portal are Test Security Agreements (TSAs) that you must sign before administering or participating in the administering of the test in anyway.  There is a TSA for proctors and a TSA for School Test Coordinators.  Make sure you select the correct one before printing it off.  PLEASE NOTE:  Signing a TSA implies that you have read the Test Administration Manual, so please do so before turning in a signed agreement.

Agreements should be turned into or routed to the Central Office before the end of the day on Friday, March 18th.

3. Staff Meetings

More information will be presented at your building's staff meetings this week.  We will be watching the Test Security webinar, discussing some of the more critical parts of the Test Administration Manual, and going over universal tools and accommodations.  Please bring your laptops with you to your staff meeting.

DoE Priority Notice Re: Test Administration Manual

posted Mar 9, 2016, 2:31 PM by Geoff Cyr

This was posted on the Maine DoE Newsroom as a priority notice on Wednesday, March 9th.  It pertains to the release of the Test Administration Manual, which will contain the rules and regulations that everyone, most notably proctors, will need to adhere to when administering the tests.  If you recall from a previous news update, the DoE this week released a practice Test Administration Manual, but not one for the real test.  The DOE's priority gives more info on availability of the actual TAM.  Read below.
Wednesday, March 9
 
President and CEO of Measured Progress Martin Borg has provided the following important update regarding preparations for the 2016 MEA assessment for grades three through eight.  This message is in keeping with Measured Progress’ agreement with Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley to maintain the current schedule for test administration.
 
Measured Progress will deliver the revised versions of the two remaining manuals (Test Administration Manual, Test Coordinator Manual) and the two remaining webinars (Test Security, Test Administration) for Maine DOE approval no later than 12:00 NOON  ET Monday, March 14, 2016. 
 
We are confident the materials we deliver will be ready for use by the field, pending Maine DOE acceptance of the materials. The materials will be ready for the successful opening of test administration on March 21, 2016.
 
The Maine Department of Education will continue to provide updates as they become available.

For additional information/questions, please contact, Nancy Godfrey, Assessment Coordinator nancy.godfrey@maine.gov or call 624-6775 or through mea.doe@maine.gov.
Yes, you read that right.  Hopefully, the TAM will be available by March 21, the day the test window opens.  Stay tuned.  The closer we get to the window with no manual, the more we may have to look at postponing the start of testing in our schools.  We'll do the best we can to digest this all with you.

NEW: Practice Test Administration Manual Made Available by DoE and Measured Progress

posted Mar 9, 2016, 7:23 AM by Geoff Cyr   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 7:23 AM ]

On Tuesday, March 8, the DoE and Measured Progress released "Directions for Administering the Online Sample Items" for grades 3-8.  The manual contains a lot of information, including directions and scripts for proctors to read that guide students through the process of learning how to answer test questions and use the embedded universal tools.  While the administrative manual for the actual tests have not been released yet, this practice admin manual may be worth perusing as an indicator of things to come.

Updated MEA Accommodations Document

posted Mar 9, 2016, 7:11 AM by Geoff Cyr   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 7:12 AM ]

If you accessed the MEA Accommodations document prior to March 3rd, it has been updated.  Please access by following the "MEA Accommodations" link on the left sidebar of this page.

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