Commissioner’s Update – December 17, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

The Maine DOE introduces the first of three collections of articles for the 2015-16 school year in the “Content Corner,” resources designed to support teaching and learning in Maine classrooms and make connections to classroom applications and research.

This inaugural collection of articles focuses on instructional strategies to support educator understanding of effective practices in the content areas. The first installment includes:

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Critical staff data correction for FY 17 EPS subsidy calculation

In reviewing the Staff Data download from Dec. 1, 2015 to be used in the FY 17 Essential Programs and Services (EPS) Funding calculations, the Department found a large number of possible errors. | More

Mathematics & ELA/literacy assessment information for 2015-16

The Department’s Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) website pages are updated to include information on the spring 2016  English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics assessment. | More

2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey results available

Maine students reported fewer of them are engaged in sexual relations, one third of high school students report they have used vapor cigarettes, and 30-day alcohol use has decreased among high schoolers. These results and more can be found in the 2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS). | More

Save the date: 2016 Commissioner’s Conference for Superintendents

The 105th Commissioner’s Conference for Superintendents will be held Sunday, June 26 through Tuesday, June 28. | More

A mathematics three-part series professional development update

This year, Maine DOE is bringing together approximately 200 teachers of mathematics to learn about and implement practices that support student engagement and learning. | More

CTE safety program grant

The Maine Career and Technical Education team is pleased to be able to offer secondary CTE schools an opportunity to update and renew their safety checklists and policies. | More

FFA opportunities brought to Foster Technology Center

Members of the Maine FFA Association had a chance to share more about their organization with students in the forestry program at the Foster Technology Center in Farmington. | More

Changes in oversight of educational program for State wards in out-of-state programs

Maine DOE will be assuming responsibility for overseeing the educational programming of children receiving special services who are in the legal custody of the State and placed in an out-of-state program. | More

Notice of new rule: Chapter 41

The following rule, Chapter 41: Offering Instruction Related to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of an Automated Defibrillator in Maine Public Schools, requires public schools to offer training. | More

Maine recognizes significance of education act

President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act saying this is a rare bipartisan agreement, which replaces the more rigid top-down statutory and regulatory structure of the old “No Child Left Behind Act.” | More

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