News and Updates
Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) Information
This spring, the State of Maine will begin to use a new version of the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to measure our students’ achievement in mathematics and English Language Arts (reading and writing) in grades 3-8. In addition, we will once again use the SAT for students in their third year of high school. Both tests will replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment used last year.
January Parent Letter
(grades 3-8, third year HS)
March Parent Letter
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s testing experience, we ask that you contact the school principal before testing. This will help to ensure that we’re all prepared to make testing as successful as possible for your child.
enVisionmath2.0 is now our K-5 Mathematics Program
After a year of exploring, piloting, and preparing, we have launched the implementation of enVisionmath2.0 in our elementary schools this fall. After a number of years with Everyday Mathematics, this new program brings with it:
- alignment to the Common Core State Standards, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice
- student-friendly "I Can..." statements with each lesson
- both print and electronic editions, providing flexibility
- a variety of assessment formats
- an increase in support resources for parents
We will have a night in the fall for parents to come and learn more!!
upLink75 Back to School 15-16
This year, on our journey toward building a proficiency-based learning system, we are committing to using a combination of cultural and instructional strategies
. These are inspired by our work with the Reinventing Schools Coalition, and the Marzano Framework.
June 8 Proficiency-Based Learning Session
On June 8, we held a session to help our community learn about why
we are transitioning to a proficiency-based learning system. The slides from the evening are posted here
May 28 Common Core State Standards Resources
On May 28th, an informational session was held to help the community learn about the Common Core State Standards and their implementation in our district.
The slides are available here
The questions collected on sticky notes during the session were transcribed here
Graduation Standards Adopted
On May 7, 2015, the Board of Directors adopted Graduation Standards
for the district. The work of defining the evidence and targets that will more specifically define what proficiency means on each standard will be a focus for the 15-16 school year.
Join us for 2 events about student learning in our district
The Common Core State Standards
May 28, 2015 – 6:30-7:30PM
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics describe what students in Maine should know and be able to do in these two content areas. We’ll describe these standards and give some examples of how they are being used in our schools. Additional info at: http://tinyurl.com/msad75standards
Why Are We Transitioning to “Proficiency-based Learning”?
June 8, 2015 – 6:00-7:00PM
Mt. Ararat High School Commons
As a district we are transitioning to an approach to learning which ensures that students graduate with specific skills and understandings. This will be the first of many dialogues in the next few years, helping you understand the related changes. To begin, we’ll start with why…
3/24 Update: K-5 Late Start Calendar
Reinventing Schools Resources
RSU 75's Deadline to Award Proficiency-based Diplomas Extended
The Maine Department of Education has approved our request an extension to meet the proficiency-based graduation requirements. Please see the approval letter and application from the State at the very bottom of this page.
New Learning Commons Curriculum
On July 10, 2014, the Board adopted our Learning Commons Curriculum
. Please contact your building's Learning Commons team, or Dan Chuhta, if you have any questions.
PEPG (Teacher and Principal Evaluation) Update
For an overview of our PEPG Design Team's work, download this presentation: PEPG April 2014 Update
You may also wish to check out the "Marzano Maps" in the folder at the bottom of the page.
PEPG (Teacher and Principal Evaluation) System Design Team
Since September, a design team has been meeting to craft a new Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) system for our district. Minutes from the meetings can be found here:
A time -line reminder:
2013-2014: System development
2014-2015: System pilot
2015-2016: System pilot
2016-2017: System implementation
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Daniel Chuhta, or a member of the design team (membership is indicated on the minutes documents).