SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS:
Millinocket Junior/Senior High School (JSHS) is a small, public school situated in Millinocket, Maine under the shadow of the beautiful Mt. Katahdin, the northernmost point of the U.S. eastern coast's Appalachian Mountain range. The area once thrived during the age of timber and paper which supplied the Great Northern Paper Mill. The region was alive with people from many cultures--Irish, Canadian-French, Greek, Italian--who found plentiful work to support their families. Millinocket's three schools burst to the seams as families blossomed and thrived in the 4-season climate.

In recent years, however, a great exodus has been occurring as the paper industry has dried up and vanished. The schools have combined down into two schools, an elementary and a junior/senior high school. Spurred on by the spirit of their pioneering ancestors who came from all corners of the globe, the citizens of Millinocket have rallied together to fight for their way of life, yet at the same time become citizens of the global economy which history was creating before their eyes. In 2010, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Smith, the Millinocket Board of Directors began to explore a new, international industry which had sprung up throughout several Maine communities: educating the children of China in English and American culture.

Millinocket JSHS welcomed its first four Chinese international students in 2011. They joined approximately 180 other high school schools and 3 international exchange students from Austria and France to create the first truly global class of the 21st century. Work continues to progress in order to assure that all students are able to meet the standards of Maine's Common Core Standards through the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Science Augmentation. The English as a Second Language (ESL) will serve English language learners (ELL's) from the community, the International program, and through the vibrant student exchange program.

This assessment framework was drafted during a UMaine Project Reach assessment class. It focuses on the science and math English language development simply because of the limited time to look at all aspects of the curriculum. The assumption is that the ELL's from China and other countries will have an already richly-developed vocabulary in their first language for science and math. The ESL for Academic Purposes seeks to help speakers of other languages connect what they have already learned to their new language: English.



ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORKStearns Junior/High SchoolMillinocket, Maine







Large Scale Assessments
System-wide Assessments
Math Content Assessments
Science Content Assessments
English for Academic Purposes Assessments
Before Sept
ACCESS Testing
Pre-Admissions Interviews
Data Collection
Math department placement
Science department placement
Begin Student Language Learning Team SLLT (student, teachers,
guidance, families)
Sept - Oct

Q1 progress report
SLLT review of progress.
Teacher selected portfolio item with comments.
SLLT review of progress.
Teacher selected portfolio item with comments.
Portfolio requirements and rubric introduced.
On going idiosyncratic language assessments.
Progress reports discussed individually
Nov - Dec Q1 ends

Q1 report card
through PowerGrade


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Q2 progress report
Teacher selected portfolio item with comments.
Teacher selected portfolio item with comments.
Report cards discussed individually.
Student selects portfolio items with explanations.
Student Self-Assessment Survey
Jan Q2/S1 ends

Q2/S1 report card
1/2 - credit courses assessed
through PowerGrade
SLLT review of progress As Needed.
Credit & Placement determined.
SLLT review of progress As Needed.
Credit & Placement determined.
Report cards discussed individually.
Student selects portfolio items with explanations.
Student Self-Reflection and Demonstration Survey
Jan - Feb

Q3 progress reports
Teacher selected portfolio item with comments.
Teacher selected portfolio item with comments.

Mar - April Q3 ends
Maine Science SAT Augmentation
Q3 report cards
through PowerGrade


Report cards discussed individually.
Student selects portfolio items with explanations.
Student Self-Assessment Survey
May - June Q4/S2/Year ends
Maine SAT for juniors

Maine PSAT for sophomores.

TOEFL institutional testing (optional)

ACCESS testing
Q4 progress reports


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SLLT meets to determine progress and credit for content-area courses.

Academic awards ceremony.

Program completion and/or graduation ceremonies.
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Q4/S2/Y report card
through PowerGrade
Teacher selected portfolio item with comments.
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Teacher selected portfolio item with comments.
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Portfolio preparation and review