April 1 Attending Count

Open Date: 4/1/2019

Due Date: 4/15/2019

The April Attending Count Report will be available for districts to submit and certify, beginning on April 1st. Once submitted, the Department of Education will then review the reports and approve them, or return them for further information or clarification. If accepted, this will complete the April Attending Count report. If returned, the superintendent will receive notification about discrepancies; DOE staff is available to assist in reconciling the information.

The April Attending Count Reports will be used for calculating tuition rates in accordance with Title 20-A, §5805, subsection 1.B, which states: B. “The number of students shall be the average number of public secondary pupils enrolled on October 1st and April 1st of the same year.” This count will not be used for the Essential Services and Programs (EPS) School funding formula, but is still necessary for calculating the tuition rates. Please note that students who are attending outside placements at regional programs or special purpose private schools, are not included attending counts in the primary enrollment district.

Instruction on how to complete this report are available here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/data-reporting/collection/helpdesk/resources/data-reporting-instructions

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Helpdesk – 207-624-6896

Trevor Burns (Student Data Coordinator) – 207-624-6678

Important Notice: Quarter 3 (Q3) Truancy, Behavior, Attendance and Bullying Data Review-due date approaches

The Department of Education offers quarterly windows for districts to review, for accuracy and comprehensiveness, the data that has been entered and reported to us. The fourth quarter review requires final certification for the annual data. It is our hope that review of this data on a more regular basis will save time and work at the end of the year, and will provide more time to make any necessary corrections.

The review period for Quarter 3 (Q3), which includes truancy, behavior, attendance and bullying, opens April 1st and review and submission is requested by April 15th. Again, certification is not required for Quarter 3 (Q3) reports; this will be obtained on the final, Quarter 4 (Q4), report.

Truancy review can be found here:

https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/neo/StudentData/BehaviorCertification/TruancyCertification/Index?reportId=18

Guidance on reporting truancy can be found here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/data-reporting/collection/helpdesk/resources/truancy

Behavior review can be found here:

https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/neo/StudentData/BehaviorCertification/BehaviorCertification/Index?reportId=17

Guidance on reporting behavior can be found here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/BehaviorGuidanceSynergy_1.pdf

Attendance review can be found here:

https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/neo/StudentData/AttendanceCertification/AttendanceCertification/Index?reportId=12

Guidance on reporting attendance can be found here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/data-reporting/collection/helpdesk/resources/attendance

Bullying review can be found here:

https://neo.maine.gov/doe/neo/brs

Guidance on reporting bullying can be found here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/schools/safeschools/bullying

All due dates for reports are listed on the MDOE reporting calendar:

https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/neo/DCAR/Calendar

If you have difficulties navigating to Synergy or NEO, please call the Helpdesk at 624-6896 or email at medms.helpdesk@maine.gov

All quarterly reports are based on the following months and are cumulative:

  • Quarter One (Q1)– As of Oct 1 (to include July, August, Sept) – due Oct 15
  • Quarter Two (Q2) – As of Jan 1 (to include July through Dec) – due Jan 15
  • Quarter Three (Q3) – As of April 1 (to include July through March) – due April 15
  • Quarter Four (Q4)– As of July 1 (to include July through June) – due July 15

 

Graduation Reporting Phase One

Based on feedback from our school and district colleagues who have been responsible for the graduation reporting process in the past, we have divided the tasks into what we hope are more timely and manageable steps.  We recognize the hard work being done to ensure accuracy of the data reported, and would like to offer technical assistance with the process of meeting this federal requirement.

Phase 1 will allow schools the opportunity to review and make any necessary changes to incorrect data. This phase will focus on ensuring accuracy of start and exit statuses for students who are part of the 2019 cohort. The cohort is comprised of any student who entered grade 9 for the first time in the 2015-2016 school year.  The emphasis of this phase is on examining the accuracy of the enrollment data, including transfer-in and transfer-out statuses. Validation of these codes assists us in ensuring accurate calculations of four-year graduation rates.

Phase 1: Graduation Reporting Phase I
Opens: April 1
Due: May 15

Phase 2: Validating Start and Exit Statuses in Synergy
Now through June 30

Phase 3: Graduation Reporting Phase II
Opens: July 1
Due: August 30

Phase 4: Dropout Reporting
Opens: November 1
Due: November 30

The Department will be holding an online webinar, offered at two different times, for convenience. The webinar is designed for any school staff who may be asked to complete Graduation Reporting Phase I in their school or district.  We will review the process, and will also give a detailed walk through on how to complete Phase I. Registration is free, but necessary prior to the webinar. This ensures that connection details can be shared with participants.

  • Webinar #1 – Thursday, April 4th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm OR
  • Webinar #2 – Tuesday, April 9th from 10:00 to 11:00 am

Webinar Registration:              https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1883859640113524225

More information on the Graduation Reporting process can be found on our website at:
https://www.maine.gov/doe/data-reporting/collection/helpdesk/resources/data-reporting-instructions

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Helpdesk – 207-624-6896 or Trevor Burns (School Enrollment Specialist) – 207-624-6678

New Visual Tool Available to Help Communicate Purpose of the MEAs

With the upcoming MEA testing window opening soon, the Maine Department of Education has created a visual tool to help schools and districts when communicating with families and communities about the Maine Educational Assessments (MEAs). The tool outlines why Maine administers a state assessment to students, what scores are used for, and why participation in the MEAs is important.

The tool is available as a graphic visual and as a text-only accessible version:

Why Participation Matters (Graphic Visual – PDF)

Why Participation Matters (Text Version – PDF)

For further questions, please visit Maine DOE Maine Comprehensive Assessment System Website.

 

PRIORITY NOTICE: Information Regarding ESEA Dashboard and Implementation of the Federal Accountability Model Under ESSA

Dear District and School Leaders,

I am writing to provide you with an update regarding School Year (SY) 2018-19 data correction requests, the timeline for the release of the ESEA Dashboard, and implementation of the federal accountability model under ESSA.

Data requests submitted to the Maine DOE by the February 8, 2019 deadline will be completed by Friday, March 15, 2019. The updated data sets will be uploaded to the ESEA Dashboard and provided to Superintendents for review on Monday, April 15, 2019. The review period will end on Monday, April 29, 2019. After April 29, 2019, no further data corrections will be possible. The ESEA Dashboard will be publicly  available later in SY 2018-19.

Maine DOE leadership had a phone conversation with the US Department of Education (USDE) on December 12, 2018 to discuss Maine’s ESSA amendment. During this conversation Maine DOE staff members outlined Maine’s proposed amendment. USDE did not indicate required revisions to Maine DOE during the call or provide written follow-up. The Maine DOE submitted the amendment on December 14, 2018.

The Maine DOE leadership emailed USDE leaders several times over the past three months to inquire about the ESSA amendment status. To meet USDE’s required timeline for implementation, the previous administration instructed Maine DOE leaders to move forward with the implementation of the ESEA Dashboard and federal accountability system, without regard to the status of Maine’s amended ESSA Plan.

Under my leadership, Maine DOE leaders expressed concern regarding the implementation of the federal accountability model without federal approval of Maine’s amended model. After gaining a deeper understanding of the concerns expressed by Maine DOE leaders, I called Frank Brogan, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, to inquire about the status of Maine’s amendment. As a result of that call, a meeting was scheduled with USDE staffers and Maine DOE leadership for Friday, March 8, 2019.  During the call, Maine DOE leadership connected with USDE to discuss Maine’s amended ESSA plan, which had been submitted to them on December 14, 2018. Given the USDE’s recent feedback provided during the March 8, 2019 call, the Maine DOE suspects current anticipated school identifications will likely remain unchanged. However, Maine DOE believes USDE’s proposed revisions will require Maine to identify additional schools. The Maine DOE expects to receive written feedback from USDE by Friday, March 15, 2019.

In light of these developments, Maine DOE will request an extension to make school identifications during SY 2019-20. Please know that the Maine DOE is doing everything conceivable to ensure Maine has an equitable federal accountability model that honors stakeholder feedback and Maine’s small, rural context.

Pender Makin
Commissioner
Maine Department of Education