June 16, 2019

Recently, there have been a number of articles in the press and much discussion across the state regarding the Maine Education Assessment (MEA) tests. The Education Committee has been working with the commissioner of education to address some of the concerns raised.

The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs requests the Department of Education work with the Technical Advisory Committee to conduct a review of the redesign and administration of the MEA to address the following issues:

1. An analysis of the consequences that revising the MEA may have had on teaching and learning at the classroom level;

2. The implications that reconstruction of the MEA tests has had for implementation at the school level;

3. A review of the factors involving errors — with both MEA test questions and scoring; and

4. A review of the role, reporting relationship and composition of the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System Technical Advisory Committee, with particular consideration given to the proposal of adding a teacher and a principal who have expertise in test development, administration and assessment.

In conducting this review, we are also asking the commissioner to provide an opportunity for public involvement by holding public meetings in at least four regions of the state and report back any deliberations and analysis, together with recommendations, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by Sept. 1. Our committee feels a comprehensive review of the points we have raised will begin to address recent concerns about the MEA. Michael Brennan House chair Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs Augusta

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