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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Cynthia Alexander
Assistant Superintendent


Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

RSU No. 5 strives to create and maintain curriculum that is:

  1. Collaboratively designed,
  2. Standards-referenced,
  3. Coordinated and connected across grade levels and content areas,
  4. Informed by research, student learning data, and future trends,
  5. Focused on high expectations for student learning and is mindful of individual student learning needs and pathways,
  6. Regularly developed, amended, and improved,
  7. Aligned with assessments and quality instruction, and
  8. A guide for parents, students, community members, and teachers.


RSU No. 5 strives for instruction that provides:

  1. A purposeful learning intention that is known to students,
  2. Productive struggle and engagement for students, and
  3. Alignment to standards and transfers to student learning.


RSU No. 5 strives to have assessments that:

  1. Measure student growth along a learning progression,
  2. Demonstrate evidence of meeting success criteria toward standards, and
  3. Inform students, parents, teachers and district.




RSU5 Large Scale System-Wide Assessments

State testing Opt Out: 

RSU5 utilizes all assessment data to help inform our practices at the district, school, classroom and individual levels for our students.  Although we encourage students and parents to participate fully in our assessment program, it is important to note that parents/guardians may opt their child out of state testing.  If you are interested in doing so, please reach out to your child's principal to make this request in writing.



Benchmark Assessment System -Fountas and Pinnell's Literacy Assessments K-8    



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 eMPowerME) was 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. The last administration of this assessment was in the spring of 2019.  At the high school level, the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) was also administered to third year high school students and provided academic achievement data in literacy and math.  These assessments met the federal standards, assessment, and accountability requirements in Maine.

As we transition away from eMPower ME and the SAT for State accountability purposes, the State of Maine has entered into a two-year contract with NWEA for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. This data will be used toward federal accountability in grades 3-8 and 3rd year of high school. 

Additional information included in the RSU Score Card report are:  graduation rates, advanced coursework data at the high school,  first and second year post-secondary persistence, and Pre-K enrollment numbers.  


Score Card 2021

Area Comparison Graphics 2020-2021

Area Comparison Graphics 2019-2020

eMPowerME (MEA) was not administered due to the shift to Remote Learning related to COVID-19

Area Comparison Graphics 2018-2019

Area Comparison Graphics 2017-2018



ESEA Report Cards

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 assessments.

The MEA data in the ESEA report card is from the test given in the prior spring.