The tentative Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Local Entitlement allocations for the 2016 fiscal year are available here on the Maine DOE’s Office of Special Services website. Preschool fund awards are still being determined. Final award notices will be sent in the coming weeks at which time the Local Entitlement applications will be opened for completion.
The Maine DOE Office of Special Services has completed revisions of the following forms: Individualized Education Program (IEP), Written Notice, Optional 7-Day Waiver, and Learning Disability Evaluation Report. They are now posted on our website at www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/forms/.
Students who are placed by their school administrative unit in a special purpose private school must be assured of a pathway to graduation from that SAU. That assurance, and a description of the pathway, is documented in a written agreement signed by both the SAU and the SPPS for each student at the SPPS.
The Maine DOE Office of Special Services has received questions about the three subtest requirements for a specific learning disability identification in Chapter 101 (Maine Unified Special Education Regulations or MUSER).
The following applications and year-end reports for the Maine DOE Office of Special Services are now available on the Department’s Reporting Calendar.
The Maine DOE will be offering an evidence-based practice IEP Goal Writing for College, Career and Community Readiness work shop in October 2015. This workshop, sponsored through the State Personnel Development Grant, will be offered in four different locations.
The Maine DOE recognizes that, due to their limited English language proficiency, determining eligibility for special education services for English learners (ELs) may be challenging. These challenges, however, should not result in ELs failing to be properly evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services. Maine DOE recommends that school administrative units (SAUs) with EL populations review the proportion of ELs in their unit identified for special education in comparison to the SAU’s overall special education identification rate.
From the Maine Department of Education
Maine’s top Career & Technical Education students were honored as students of the year recently at a ceremony at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center.
It was a great night to celebrate the best CTE students in Maine. Twenty six centers were represented. State School Board Chair, Peter Geiger, indicated that it was the best celebration for students he has seen. Senator Brian Langley, Education Committee Chair, was also impressed and gave the audience a superb presentation with his remarks aligned to CTE in Maine.
Each of the 26 students was presented with an award certificate and two received scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each at the event sponsored by the Maine Administrators of Career & Technical Education (MACTE).
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There are many changes coming in the 2015-16 school year. In order that accurate student and staff data is reported to the Maine DOE, it is important that the appropriate staff attend one (or more) of these training sessions. | More
In a letter dated February 23, 2015, the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services directed the Maine DOE to issue guidance clarifying the use of the Learning Disability Report (LDR) form. | More
The Maine DOE Office of Special Services has revised the forms listed below. Revised forms are to be used effective August 1, 2015. | More
The Maine DOE is offering some assistance to local districts who are working to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection. | More
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The Maine DOE Office of Special Services has revised the forms listed below. Revised forms are to be used effective August 1, 2015.
In a letter dated February 23, 2015, the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services directed the Maine DOE to issue guidance clarifying the use of the Learning Disability Report (LDR) form.