From Maine Education Commissioner Jim Rier
As Maine moves toward a proficiency-based education system that will ensure students graduate from our high schools having mastered State learning standards, I am often asked what this expectation means for our nearly 30,000 students with disabilities.
A free appropriate public education must include support to allow students with disabilities to achieve the same high standards as other students.
I – like all of my colleagues at the Department and so many of you – believe that Maine students with disabilities deserve to graduate knowing that they have the knowledge and skills needed for future success. And I am confident that they can, even if their path toward proficiency sometimes looks different than that of their classmates. After all, in the true learner-centered system envisioned in Maine’s Education Evolving strategic plan, all students are active participants in and directors of their own learning, taking a meaningful role in planning learning activities and being allowed to choose the manner by which they display proficiency, whether it be a final exam, paper, project or other demonstration.
Notices and Reporting
- MEDMS Staff Data Collection 2014/15, due Oct. 15
- 2013-14 Dropout and Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, due Oct. 31
- EPS October 1 Enrollment Reporting, due Oct. 31
News & Views
Janette Kirk, David Fisk and Chelsey Fortin have joined Maine DOE as members of the No Child Left Behind Federal Programs Team. | More
The Department is hosting a second series of workshops to support principals as instructional leaders. | More
Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce has won the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s 3rd Annual Larry O’Toole Award. | More
The Maine DOE will be again offering free regional workshops for world language teachers statewide. | More
All Maine principals and headmasters are encouraged to nominate one student for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). | More
The Maine DOE has recently published guidance on what constitutes proficiency in a world language. | More
The Department is encouraging all superintendents to attend NEO bomb threat report training. | More
The daily education rates for special purpose private schools have been set for the 2014-15 school year. | More
The Maine DOE is proposing changes this fall to the rules regarding major capital school construction projects. | More
The Maine DOE is reminding superintendents, Infinite Campus (IC) data managers, building administrators and school office personnel of the expectation to identify English learners. | More
The Maine DOE is seeking recommendations to fill vacancies on the Title I Committee of Practitioners. | More