Category Archives: Administrators

Data reports deadline extensions and reminders

The following Priority Notice was sent to transportation directors on Thursday, July 30.

Dear Transportation Directors and Business Managers,

The following data reports have upcoming deadlines and/or extensions.

For policy questions regarding EF-T-21 and EF-T-24, contact Transportation and Facilities Administrator Pat Hinckley at pat.hinckley@maine.gov.

For policy questions related to the EF-M-43, contact School Finance Coordinator Paula Gravelle at paula.b.gravelle@maine.gov.

For assistance with access to the NEO data system, contact the Maine DOE MEDMS Helpdesk at medms.helpdesk@maine.gov.

Thank you for your attention to these dates.

Sincerely,

Pat Hinckley, Transportation and Facilities Administrator
Maine Department of Education

Additional State subsidy

The following Priority Notice was sent to superintendents and business managers on Thursday, July 30.

Dear Superintendents and Business Managers,

With the recent passage of the biennial budget, many school districts in Maine saw an increase in the amount of subsidy that they will receive from the State. We thought this would be a good time to explain some of the laws regarding how these additional funds can be used.

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Maine DOE provides survey for SAUs to report proficiency-based implementation progress

The following Priority Notice was sent to Maine school administrative units (SAUs) on Monday, July 27.

As part of the implementation of Title 20-A Section 4722-A (proficiency-based diplomas) the Maine DOE is releasing a survey to collect data on implementation progress. High schools have until August 27 to complete the survey. The Department’s goal is 100 percent participation.

This survey, the 2014-2015 Progress Report: Implementing Proficiency-Based Learning and Proficiency-Based Diplomas, has 38 (mostly multiple choice) questions and is a way for Maine’s districts to report vital data to the Maine DOE regarding the progress made from July 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015. As such, this report generates a brief but important source of data for both districts and the State.

The information collected will help the Department chart progress toward the implementation of proficiency-based diplomas. This information will be shared with the public and with lawmakers and will inform the development of additional resources and supports for districts. The progress report will also create a moment-in-time snapshot of district progress toward proficiency-based diplomas.

The Maine DOE will request additional evidence from a district when a district indicates it has completed the following and is ready to award proficiency-based diplomas:

  • Reporting standards are established for all eight content areas.
  • Summative assessments are used to collect evidence for reporting standards for each content area.
  • Evidence of proficiency is collected determining for the five Guiding Principles.
  • Multi-tiered systems of supports are in place for students (for those who struggle and for those who wish to accelerate to reach proficiency).

Any SAU who did not have their confirmation of readiness or extension request granted, is offered an opportunity to request a meeting with the Department to discuss the district’s preparedness to award proficiency-based diplomas. The Department will assume that any district/high school that does not have an approved extension plan or confirmation of readiness is be prepared to award proficiency-based diplomas after January 1, 2018.

The Department expresses its gratitude to the Maine school districts that piloted this survey.

The online survey for SAUs is available here and linked from the Maine DOE’s Getting to Proficiency Support web page. To download a pdf version of the questions ahead of time please click here.

For more information please contact the Department’s Standards-Based Education Specialist Diana Doiron at diana.doiron@maine.gov or 624-6823.

Maine DOE revises policy on standards-based IEP goals

The Maine DOE has revised its policy on writing standards-based IEP goals, available here. The revisions are intended to add clarity to the policy, as well as to make references to the IEP document in the policy consistent with the current IEP form.

If you have questions about the policy or about standards-based IEP goals generally, contact the Maine DOE’s Peg Armstrong at peg.armstrong@maine.gov or 624-6654.

Celebrating 30 years of wellness

Teams representing 22 Maine school districts benefited in June from their experiences at the 30th Annual Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program & Wellness Conference, Back to the Future – Celebrating 30 Years of Wellness.

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Free school-based emergency course for rural districts and law enforcement

A free course on school-based emergencies for rural Maine districts and law enforcement will be offered on Aug. 20 in Belfast at the Waldo County Public Safety Building (Emergency Operations Center).

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Notice of annual audit requirements

Maine DOE is providing notice of a change to requirements as well as reminders about the annual audit requirements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, and subsequent years.

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QZAB Tax Credit Bond applications due October 15

The Maine DOE will accept applications for the Federal Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) Program through October 15. The Department currently has $1,435,000 of QZAB issuing authority to distribute to qualifying schools units.

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Maine DOE adopts rules to establish new test requirements for qualifying examinations of Teachers, Educational Specialists and Administrators

Rule Chapter 13: Qualifying Examinations of Teachers, Educational Specialists and Administrators has been formally adopted by the Department and took effect June 23.

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MaineCare Seed payment adjustments made, report review by August 21

The 2015-16 subsidy checks for General Purpose Aid for local schools will reflect adjustments for MaineCare Seed payments paid by the Maine DOE on behalf of school administrative units (SAUs) for the following:

  • 2015 Quarter 3 MaineCare payment adjustments
  • Note: 2015 Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 corrections were already applied to the FY 2015 ED 279 printouts.

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