UPDATED: Notice of Proposed New Rule: Chapter 180, Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Systems

Update: Due to a snow day on Dec. 27, 2012, the Department has rescheduled this hearing for Jan. 28, 2013. The comment deadline is Feb. 7 at 5 p.m.

The Maine Department of Education is proposing a new rule to implement the teacher and principal effectiveness law enacted last year. The proposed rule is Chapter 180, “Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Systems.”

This letter provides public notice of the proposed rule, a description of the rule, and information on how to participate in the rulemaking process.

This rule establishes standards and procedures for implementation of performance evaluation and professional growth systems (PE/PG systems) for teachers and principals, as required in Chapter 508 of Title 20-A of the Maine Revised Statutes. It defines terms, adopts professional practice standards for use in evaluating teachers and principals, establishes criteria that must be met by student growth measures used in a PE/PG system and requires involvement of educators in implementation of systems. The rule sets forth the process for obtaining Department approval of locally-developed plans, and describes technical assistance to be provided by the Department.

The rule incorporates recommendations of the Maine Educator Effectiveness Council regarding professional practice standards and criteria for the use of student learning and growth measures.  The Council is a stakeholder group established in the educator effectiveness legislation.

The proposed rule is available online at: www.maine.gov/doe/rule/changes/index.html.

A public hearing will be held on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 400 of the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine.

Written comments may be submitted via email to deborah.friedman@maine.gov or via mail to:

Deborah Friedman, Director, Policy and Programs
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0023

COMMENT DEADLINE:  5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

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