Assessment & Accountability

Assessment
There is a need for assessment information at both state and local level to measure progress and ensure accountability regarding the system of learning results, which must be accomplished through a comprehensive system of local and state assessment, involving multiple measures to determine what each student knows and is able to demonstrate regarding the standards of the system of learning results. [20-A MRSA section 6201]

The purpose of the assessment system is to provide information that will be used to monitor student progress toward proficiency and meet the needs of individual students; inform instruction and curriculum; enable school administrators to make informed determinations regarding the quality and effectiveness of the educational program and the need for professional development; provide the State with student achievement data; inform parents of student progress, and enable to Board to make informed decisions related to the allocation of resources.

In addition to curriculum-based assessments, our teachers use some or all of the following: 

Maine Educational Assessment
NWEA
Advanced Placement Tests (OLSAT)


Assessment Timeline



Opting Out of State Assessments
Saco 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 complete the required form.
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