Commissioner’s Update – June 14, 2012

Commissioner's Update--June 14, 2012.

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Congratulations to Maine schools for completing another academic year, and thanks to all of you for the work you do year-round on behalf of students.

There’s a lot of end-of-the-year reporting due this month and over the summer. Completing these helps ensure that schools have accurate data for records such as graduation rates, which are much harder to correct after the fact. In fact, we had a significant delay in calculating last year’s grad rates (they’re coming in the next few days) in part because of delayed submission and the need for corrections. Data is also necessary to our work in calculating GPA for next year. It is important for the state and for districts that student reporting is completed before June 30 and other year-end financial reporting be completed by the specified deadlines.

All Maine Education Data Management System and Infinite Campus year-end reporting requirements with links to instructions and forms can be found on the Reporting Requirements Calendar:
http://www.maine.gov/education/forms/adcal/index.shtml. (Also linked below.)

Not a super exciting task for the end of the school year, but essential to the operation and support of schools throughout the state. Thanks!

— Stephen Bowen



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Reporting

Please note: We generally provide notice of requirements only once. Please check the Reporting Calendar (link below) regularly for a list of ALL upcoming items.

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NEWS & VIEWS

New teacher eval system means better educator trainingFifth graders brainstorm ideas with their teacher, Danielle Bilodeau, for their hands-on mythology project at Farwell Elementary School.

Administrators and teachers at Farwell Elementary School in Lewiston are using iPads to develop new educator evaluation rubrics, the first Teacher Incentive Fund school in Maine to do so. I had the chance to use the app to evaluate fifth grade teacher Danielle Bilodeau when I visited Farwell last week, and I can assure you that teachers have never had any feedback system like this before. By Stephen Bowen | More

Bridge Year education program highlighted in Hermon

HERMON – Governor Paul LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen helped kick-off a new program Monday evening that will allow students to attain both their high school diploma and an associate’s degree in five years. | More

Charter School Commission to hold first public hearings

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission will hold public hearings on June 15 and 18 regarding three applications it received from groups seeking to open charter schools. Members of the public are invited to attend and encouraged to offer testimony in favor or opposition, as well as to submit written comments. | More

Camden Hills teacher receives Presidential AwardPresident Obama recently named Ken Vencile, honors and advanced placement biology teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School, as one of 97 mathematics and science teachers nationwide to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

AUGUSTA – Ken Vencile, an honors and advanced placement biology teacher at Camden Hills Regional High School, was named this week as one of 97 mathematics and science teachers nationwide to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. | More

Five-year HS a reality at Hermon

Governor LePage and I had the opportunity on Monday to attend Hermon High School’s kick-off ceremony for the Bridge Year Program, a pilot project set to launch 15 students on the path toward associate’s degrees starting in July. By Stephen Bowen | More

Sanford students nationally recognized for plastic bag recycling projectSanford Junior High eighth graders competed nationally in the Siemen’s We Can Change the World Challenge with their project aimed to decrease plastic bag use.

Four eighth graders at Sanford Junior High School in Sanford were selected as national finalists in the Siemen’s We Can Change the World Challenge for their campaign to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags. | More

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