Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
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 student, parents, teachers and district.
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.
RSU No. 5 Score Cards
The RSU Scorecard provides information on academic achievement and academic growth throughout the district. RSU No. 5 previously used 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 administered to third year high school students and provided academic achievement data in literacy and math. The SAT met the federal standards for assessment and accountability requirements in Maine, and although Maine no longer uses it as a federally used measure, RSU No. 5 continues to offer it to all juniors.
In the fall of 2020, the State of Maine entered into contract with NWEA for grades 3-8 and 3rd year of high school to use the MAP assessment data as our State assessment toward federal accountability. Beginning in the spring of 2023, the new version of the State assessment is called the Maine Through Year Assessment and includes students in grades 3-8 and 2nd year of high school.
Also included in the scorecard is our State Science Assessment which is given in the spring to all students in grades 5, 8 and 11.
Additional information included in the RSU ScoreCard report are: Pre-K enrollment numbers, Fountas and Pinnell BAS (K-5), graduation rates, advanced coursework data at the high school, and first and second year post-secondary persistence.
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 data in the ESEA report card is from the test given in the prior spring on the ESSA DASHBOARD .