The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a US law passed in December 2015 that governs United States K-12 public education policy. The law replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and modified expectations relating to the periodic standardized tests given to students. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which established the federal government's expanded role in public education.
Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, is a measurement defined by the United States federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests. All kindergarten through twelfth grade schools are required to demonstrate AYP in the areas of reading, mathematics, and attendance rates for elementary and/or middle schools. This status is based on NECAP/MEA tests which assess students' learning from year to year. The links below provide more information about our school's performance.
The Otis School Department 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.
Maine teachers must hold valid state certification and meet federal guidelines regarding their qualification status. Parents have the right to request information about the qualifications of their child's teacher and can do so by contacting the principal.