Improving assessment through a school-university partnership

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International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning


Student and teacher assessments have been enhanced through three partnerships between the University of Southern Maine and area schools. The Southern Maine Partnership currently includes over 30 school districts, independent schools, and postsecondary institutions. The Professional Development Center at the University of Southern Maine offers staff development courses and workshops in response to school proposals. The Extended Teacher Education Program includes a site-based yearlong postbaccalaureate internship jointly designed and delivered by school and university faculty. Partnership projects have included a learner centered school accountability system, courses for aligning curriculum with the state of Maine content standards for K-12 students (Learning Results), and the preparation and presentation of teacher portfolios.