October 11, 2017

5:30 p.m.


Committee Members Present:  Chair - Jennifer Neumeyer; Members - April Cusick, Staci Fortunato


Board Members Present:  Edward Hastings, Pia Holmes, Kimberly Martin


Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Teresa Beaudoin, Bruce Dostie, Heather Gauthier, Jim Holland, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette



1.  Gifted and Talented


Donna Madore, Assistant Superintendent, gave an overview of the Gifted and Talented Program and how it had to be re-assessed while looking for new staff.  Ms. Madore is working with a consultant to implement a consultant model like Portland and Yarmouth school districts instead of doing direct services (pullout model).  She is working with a team which includes principals, parents and teachers to provide the service/class through differentiation to move students up to a higher level specific in their area of exceptionality.  The ASD is moving away from specialized GT programming, it’s all done in the classroom. However, a pull-out model is still utilized for GT art identified students at the elementary level.  Ms. Madore along with the help of Maria Sleeper, District Wide Music Coordinator, has designed a process to identify gifted and talented students in Performing Arts.  As part of the regulations, we still have to do identification and provide an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).  We meet the needs of our higher functioning who are not identified Gifted and Talented students is by differentiating and providing specialized instruction.  Baseline assessments are done to identify where the student is.


2.  MEA Test Results

          MEA State Assessment Results – School Year 2016-2017

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          State Assessment Results – School Year 2016-2017

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          District Summary – State Assessments Historical Data

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          SAT Scores 2004-2016

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Ms. Madore went over the MEA Test Results (see attachments).  The tests were administered last spring and made public at the end of September.  The elementary schools will be handing out parent reports next week during parent/teacher conferences and Cony’s will be mailed out.  The State Assessment Results include all IEP identified students.  Hussey doesn’t have the same special programs as the rest of our buildings and may explain why their scores are higher.  Because the test scores came out so late last year they could not be used it to inform instruction.  Kim Silsby reported that the Portland Press Herald had an editorial that said the test scores are indicative of the level of income of the community.


Meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.