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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 student, 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.


RSU No. 5 Score Cards 

The RSU Score Card provides information on academic achievement and academic growth throughout the district. 

Currently, the State of Maine uses NWEA as the vendor for the Maine Through Year Assessment administered to students in grades 3-8 and for students in their 2nd year of high school. This assessment meets the federal accountability requirements in literacy and math.  Although Maine no longer uses the SAT  as a  federal accountability measure, RSU No. 5 continues to offer the SAT to all juniors.  

Also included in the Score Card are the  results of the State Science Assessment which measures acquisition of Maine's adopted NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). This assessment is given in the spring to all students in grades 5, 8 and 11. 

Additional information included in the RSU5 Score Card :  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.  

Score Card Jan. 2024

Score Card Jan. 2023 
Score Card Jan. 2022
Score Card Jan. 2021
Score Card Jan. 2020
Score Card 2019


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 .