FY19 ESEA Application and 2017-2018 Performance Report Now Open for Submission

The 2018-2019 Elementary and Secondary Education Act Consolidated Application for funds (FY19 ESEA Application) and 2017-2018 Performance Report are now open for completion and submission. ESEA Coordinators are encouraged to review each page of the application/performance report and contact the assigned Regional ESEA Team Member at the Maine DOE with any questions regarding the application.

Here are a few reminders when preparing to submit your application:

  • Ensure the projects within the application are based on the needs reported in your Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA).
  • Each SAU must submit a CNA by July 1, 2018. Please email your submission to Janette.Kirk@maine.gov. ESEA Funding is dependent upon the submission of a CNA to the Maine Department of Education in conjunction with the FY19 ESEA Application.
  • A $100 placeholder allocation amount has been entered for Titles I, II, III, and IV. Title V will be populated when final allocations are entered. DO NOT submit/certify application pages until final allocations are entered.
  • Instructional webinars on segments of the FY19 Application will be available by June 22, 2018.
  • All applications for ESEA funding are due on August 1, 2018.
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received by your assigned Regional ESEA Team Member.
  • Districts with private schools should be completing their consultation during the month of June. This information needs to be submitted under the Non-Public Participation Form section of the FY19 ESEA Application.
  • Please direct all questions to your assigned Regional ESEA Team Member.
  • LEA’s Consolidated Applications are not complete without a Superintendent\’s certification.

The Department appreciates the hard work and continual support in making this process effective for all schools in the State of Maine.

For further information and questions please contact Chelsea Fortin-Trimble at 624-6815 or Chelsey.A.Fortin@maine.gov or Janette Kirk at 624-6707 or Janette.Kirk@maine.gov

NEO Accountability Report and Certification Webinar to be Held June 21

In order to determine supports for Maine schools, student level participation and student group demographics must be collected. The snapshot date for the data collection this year was May 4, 2018.

The NEO Accountability Report allows districts to validate student enrollment and demographic data.  The Accountability Report lists students by student groups which will directly inform student group reporting as part of school support determinations and ESEA Report Cards.  The report also identifies which assessments the students should have taken, full academic year enrollment for all students, and whether or not a student will be included for accountability measures or only for assessment reporting.

The Accountability Certification will need to be submitted by each Superintendent. Once validated, the data will  be used for ESEA Report Cards and other assessment and accountability reporting.

NEO Accountability Report and Certification Webinar

Purpose: Review the report, certification requirements, and ask any questions you may have regarding the report.
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This webinar will be recorded and available to view afterward.


For further questions contact Charlotte Ellis, Data Manager at Charlotte.Ellis@maine.gov.


Resources to Support Student Attendance

The Maine Department of Education’s Office of School and Student Supports has compiled a resource guide to assist schools in their efforts to improve student attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism.

Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASCD, the guide provides a comprehensive set of evidence-supported health, school climate, and community/family engagement strategies that address the most common causes of chronic absenteeism.  It also includes resources for the development of whole school monitoring and information gathering practices to help schools better understand their attendance challenges.

Download the Comprehensive Attendance Plan Report

The guide will be updated with additional  resources as they become available.  For further information about  attendance and truancy resources, contact Gayle Erdheim at gayle.erdheim@maine.gov or (207) 624-6637.


Seeking School Highlights for ESEA Report Cards

The Maine Department of Education is requesting the assistance of school principals in the development of the new 2017-2018 ESEA Report Cards. A “School Highlights” section will be included on the Report Cards to provide the opportunity for schools to emphasize elements of which they are especially proud. The highlights will appear as part of a two-page graphical snapshot which may be viewed online or printed as a PDF for distribution.

The Maine Department of Education will be reaching out to principals via email asking them to submit their school highlights in an online survey. The data collection survey tool provides a list of categories with examples of possible responses. Schools may choose to create their own categories in the provided “Other” selection. Up to four categories will be available for submission. School highlights will be due to the Department by June 30, 2018. Please share this information with the principals in your district.

As a reminder, superintendents who attend the 2018 Commissioner’s Conference will get a chance to view the ESRA Report Card dashboard and ask further questions about the process.

For further questions and information contact Maine DOE Assessment and Accountability Data Coordinator Penny Henry at Penny.L.Henry@maine.gov.


New ESEA Report Cards & STEM Technology Showcase to be Featured at 2018 Commissioner’s Conference; Register Now

As a reminder, registration for the 2018 Commissioner’s Conference is now open. The conference features an array of sessions catered toward superintendents. This year’s sessions include opportunities to:

  • Get a sneak peak at the new ESEA Report Card dashboard
  • Ask questions and talk about ESSA, and School Improvement
  • Learn more about the budgeting process for Title I/ESEA funds
  • Learn more about supports and resources available on topics like Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), trauma, attendance, concussion management, and substance abuse
  • Learn more about Certification, including updates about the new online system
  • Learn more about Department initiatives and goals including: pilot programs for early math and literacy, CTE programing and funding, and regionalization opportunities
  • Participate in open forums on the teacher shortage, and on educator effectiveness
  • Listen to panels about workforce development, and about workforce needs and CTE
  • Get hands on experience with current STEM technology at a showcase brought to you by the Maine State Library

See a draft agenda, including session descriptions.

In addition to this year’s breakout sessions, Commissioner’s Conference participants also have the opportunity to enjoy the following celebrations:

  • The Annual Reception Hosted by Apple, Inc
  • An Evening Banquet Dinner
  • Maine School Management Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony

The conference takes place at the Augusta Civic Center on June 27th and 28th.

Find additional resources and information including pricing, the draft agenda, lodging options, further details about registration including guest registration, and more on the Maine DOE Commissioner’s Conference webpage.

Register now »