Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
RSU No. 5 strives to create and maintain curriculum that is:
- Collaboratively designed,
- Coordinated and connected across grade levels and content areas,
- Informed by research, student learning data, and future trends,
- Focused on high expectations for student learning and is mindful of individual student learning needs and pathways,
- Regularly developed, amended, and improved,
- Aligned with assessments and quality instruction, and
- A guide for parents, students, community members, and teachers.
RSU No. 5 strives for instruction that provides:
- A purposeful learning intention that is known to students,
- Productive struggle and engagement for students, and
- Alignment to standards and transfers to student learning.
RSU No. 5 strives to have assessments that:
- Measure student growth along a learning progression,
- Demonstrate evidence of meeting success criteria toward standards, and
- Inform students, parents, teachers and district.
RSU No. 5 Score Cards
The RSU Scorecard provides information on academic achievement and academic growth throughout the district. RSU No. 5 uses the MAP Growth assessment often referred to as the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) assessment, a research-based computerized assessment, as a measure to determine academic growth and academic achievement in literacy and math across the district in grades 3-10.
The Maine Educational Assessment (MEA or sometimes referred to as eMPower) is the measurement tool used across the state of Maine to determine the academic achievement of students based on grade level standards in grades 3-8. This assessment meets the federal standards, assessment and accountability requirements in Maine. At the high school level, the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is administered to third year high school students and provides academic achievement data in literacy and math. .
Additional information included in this report: graduation rates, advanced coursework data at the high school, first and second year post- secondary persistence, and Pre-K enrollment numbers.
RSU No. 5 ESEA Report Cards
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires all states, school districts, and schools to provide annual report cards to parents and communities. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended and formerly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 was reauthorized reflected in Maine's ESEA Report Cards in 2018-19.
Maine's ESEA Report Cards include Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) data disaggregated into subgroups, additional accountability indicators (e.g., graduation rates), and information about teacher qualifications. This report card also displays statewide academic achievement results in grades four and eight on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessents.
The MEA data in the ESEA report card is from the test given in the prior spring.