Commissioner’s Update – May 31, 2012

Commissioner's Update, May 31, 2012.
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This week, in addition to the usual updates about our work, I will ask for something from you.

The September 2012 deadline to request flexibility from the federal government in Maine’s implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (or Elementary and Secondary Education Act) is growing nearer, and we at the Department need your feedback to develop our proposal.

On Tuesday, we launched the ESEA Flexibility web page, providing a host of information aimed to keep you informed as we enter the final phases of developing and submitting our request. From this page, you can view meeting agendas, materials and notes for the newly established steering committee and three work groups—in fact, all of the materials that work group members see and create will be found here.

Additional resources and ways to contribute are also highlighted, so you can stay informed as well as share your ideas for crafting legitimate measures of student performance.

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— Stephen Bowen


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Students rock ninth MLTI Conference

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Schools triumph in nutrition challengeKittery students, food service staff and administrators receive one of the nation’s highest nutrition awards from the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge.

Last week, multiple schools in four districts received one of the nation’s highest nutrition awards for their achievements in the HealthierUS School Challenge. |More

Second round of special education scholarships expands eligibility

The Maine DOEis now accepting second-round applications from a broader group of special education personnel than in the previous round, including occupational therapists, speech/language therapists and individuals interested in becoming either orientation and mobility specialists or teachers for the visually impaired. | More

Accepting applications for Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services

The Maine DOE is now accepting applications for grants from the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services, which provide incentives for creation of regional service centers, purchasing alliances, innovative school systems and other programs. | More

Chance to develop Smarter Balanced assessment

Since Maine is a governing state for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the Maine Department of Education encourages qualified grades 3-11 English language arts/literacy and mathematics teachers to apply to become item authors for the Consortium. | More

“Dig into Science” contest open to Maine students

For the second year in a row, S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc. will hold a contest this fall to promote science and engineering educational programs in Maine and New Hampshire. Science, math or engineering students in first through 12th grade can participate. | More


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