MaineCare Seed Adjustments to be Made; Review Q418 Reports by October 19, 2018

The recovery of Q418 MaineCare Seed will occur in the October 2018 subsidy payment and the Maine DOE is asking districts to review their reports by October 19, 2018 to ensure accurate adjustments to subsidy.

District staff must review student by student claims on both the public and private MaineCare reports for Q418 by October 19, 2018.

To access the MaineCare Seed reports, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Log into NEO:
    • As in the past, if a new staff member needs permission to access this module, a request from the Superintendent to the Maine DOE helpdesk will be necessary. The helpdesk contact information is or 207-624-6896.
    • Anyone who currently has Special Education Director permissions to the Special Education module, will automatically have permissions to access MaineCare reports.
  2. Click on the Student Data tab
  3. Click on the Student Report tab
  4. Select MaineCare in the Reporting Area drop-down
  5. Choose the quarterly Seed report and the report type (private/public)
  6. Click view report button
  7. exportButton
    Export Button

    Once the report appears on the screen, choose the export button.
    You may export the reports to Excel but, please be aware that there may be multiple worksheet tabs within the workbook. Save the file to your computer.

If you disagree that a particular student or time period should be on the report, please provide the reason that you disagree along with the following to Denise Towers at

  • Identify the type of report (public or private) and the quarter in which the claims are located.
  • State Student ID
  • Service provided dates (to and from)
  • Total amount of Seed being disputed

Summer services: Students must be enrolled for the time period they are receiving educational services. This means that students that are receiving extended school year services in district or extended school year services in an out of district placement must have a primary enrollment for that time period in order for the MDOE to have the most accurate enrollment data to determine SAU responsibility for MaineCare Seed.

For more information or technical assistance related to MaineCare Seed, please contact Denise Towers at


Assessment Professional Development and Learning Opportunities

As a follow-up to the September 6, 2018 notice in the Maine DOE Newsroom regarding scheduled opportunities for professional development and learning around assessment, the Department is providing additional information and registration details for upcoming sessions.

Lexile Framework for Reading

On October 9- 11, 2018, the Department in conjunction with MetaMetrics® will be conducting three (3) regional ½ day repeated sessions in Presque Isle, Bangor/Brewer and Portland areas. Each ½ day /3-hour session will provide attendees an overview of the Lexile Framework for Reading and the utilization of Lexile levels to support and impact instructional practice. This session will discuss and review student Lexile levels as determined by student performance on the Spring 2018 ELA eMPowerME state assessment and as reported on 2018 Individual Student Reports (ISRs) to parents.

The intended audience for this session is Special Educators, Librarians, English Language Teachers, English Language Arts (ELA) teaching staff, and elementary school teaching staff.

To register for the Lexile professional development session please click here.

Date Location Session times Registration
October 9, 2018 Elks Lodge

508 Main Street,

Presque Isle, 04769

PM – 12:30 -3:30 pm To register for Oct. 9 sessions, click here.
October 10, 2018 Jeff’s Catering

15 Littlefield Road,

Brewer, 04401

AM – 8:30 -11:30 am

PM – 12:30 -3:30 pm

To register for Oct. 10 sessions, click here.
October 11, 2018 Elks Lodge

1945 Congress Street,

Portland, 04102

AM – 8:30 -11:30 am

PM – 12:30 -3:30 pm

To register for Oct. 11 sessions, click here.

Maine’s Assessment & Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) Review & Released Items

On November 13-15, 2018, the Department in conjunction with FocalPointK-12 will be conducting three, one day sessions in Presque Isle, Bangor/Brewer and Portland areas.

During each morning session, attendees will be provided an overview of MAARS with a focus on confidential reporting elements. Please note, in order for participants to engage fully in this session, participants should ensure necessary permissions to access MAARS have been granted and provided from the District Assessment Coordinator (DAC).

Afternoon sessions will focus on English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics eMPowerME and Science released items and specifically the impact on curriculum and development review to instructional practice.

To register for the MAARS Review and Released Item session please click here.

The intended audience for this session is Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, curriculum coordinators, and ELA, Math and Science teaching staff.

Date Location Time Registration
November 13, 2018 Presque Isle Registration 8:30 am

Session 9 am – 3:30 PM

To register for Nov.13 sessions, click here.
November 14, 2018 Bangor/Brewer Registration 8:30 am

Session 9 am – 3:30 PM

To register for Nov. 14 sessions, click here.
November 15, 2018 Portland Registration 8:30 am

Session 9 am – 3:30 PM

To register for Nov. 15 sessions, click here.

For further information or additional questions please contact Janette Kirk, Deputy Director, Office of Learning Systems at or 624-6707.

State Special Education Determination

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires each state to develop a state performance plan/annual performance report (SPP/APR) that evaluates the state’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Part B (ages 3 through 20) and Part C (birth to 3) of the IDEA and describes how the state will improve its implementation.

The SPP/APRs include indicators that measure child and family outcomes and other indicators that measure compliance with the requirements of the IDEA.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) uses information from the SPP/APR, information obtained through monitoring visits, and any other public information to annually determine if the state:

  • Meets requirements in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
  • Needs assistance in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
  • Needs intervention in implementing the requirements of the IDEA
  • Needs substantial intervention in implementing the requirements of the IDEA

For the 2016-17 school year (the most recent determination), OSEP determined that the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE):

  • needs assistance in implementing the requirements of Part B of the IDEA;
  • and meets requirements in implementing the requirements of Part C of the IDEA.

As a result, the Maine DOE has accessed technical assistance provided by federally-funded agencies and is working with schools to improve student outcomes and implementation of the IDEA.

View each state’s determination letter and information on how the determinations were made.

Updated Special Education Forms

Several of the Maine DOE Special Education forms have been updated and an optional referral form for special education services has been developed.  All vendors have been notified of the changes. A complete list of the forms is available at the bottom of this notice. Below are the detailed changes to the forms:

The Revised IEP Form includes two changes:  The first change is in Section 7B of the IEP (Alternate Assessment).  This section now includes check boxes to ensure that this IEP Team determination is completed annually with the Participation Decision Flowchart.  If the IEP Team determines that the child shall take the alternate assessment, then a statement as to why the child cannot participate in the regular assessment and why the particular alternate assessment selected is appropriate should be included.   The second change is in Section 8 of the IEP (Special Education and Related Services).  This section now includes “Nursing Services” and “Behavioral Health Day Treatment” as related services.  If a child requires support from a behavioral health professional in a day treatment setting, the frequency of that support should not be considered in the calculation of the LRE percentage.  The frequency of this service is not in lieu of specially designed instruction, the frequency of this service is concurrent with special education and other related services.

The Written Notice includes an updated phone number for Southern Maine Parent Awareness which is listed in the resources for parents to contact in receiving assistance in understanding or obtaining the procedural safeguards.

The optional Seven-Day Waiver form was updated to include language to clarify that a description of proposals or refusals should be documented, not just proposals by the SAU.

The Speech/Language – Teacher Input forms were updated to include the same header as the other state forms.  These forms include teacher input for: Voice, Language, Functional Communication, Fluency, and Articulation.  These forms are considered optional, and are not required in the initial or re-evaluation of a child suspected of having a Speech or Language Impairment.

The Referral for Special Education Services form is now available.  This form provides an opportunity for the referring party to document academic and functional strengths and weaknesses of the child, relevant local and state assessment data, and attempted interventions.  This form is considered optional, and is not required in the referral of a child suspected of having deficits to the degree that requires special education services.

The Procedural Manual has been updated to provide guidance and clarity to the optional and required Maine DOE special education forms.  The effective date of the aforementioned forms and the Procedural Manual will be October 1, 2018.

Special Education Forms:

For more information contact Roberta Lucas at


Administrative Letter: Annual Notification of Eligibility for Schoolwide Programs that Include Students with Disabilities

Administrative Letter: #18
Policy Code:  BGE
To: District and School Administrators, Special Education Directors
From: Robert G. Hasson, Jr., Ed. D., Commissioner
Date: September 5, 2018
Subject: Annual Notification of Eligibility for Schoolwide Programs that Include Students with Disabilities

Schools that receive federal Title I funds, have poverty rates of at least 40 percent and have approved Title IA Schoolwide Plans are eligible to use their Title I funds – and funds from other sources – to develop “schoolwide programs.”

Schoolwide programs are comprehensive reform strategies aimed at raising the achievement levels of all students.

To facilitate the inclusion of students with disabilities in schoolwide programs, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the federal regulations at 34 CFR §300.206(a) allow school administrative units (SAU) to use a portion of the funds they receive under Part B of IDEA for any fiscal year to fund such schoolwide programs.

SAUs can use those funds as long as students with disabilities receive the services to which they are entitled under their Individualized Education Programs and that are guaranteed under IDEA.

The amount of Part B funds a school expends for schoolwide programs cannot exceed the amount the SAU has received for that fiscal year, divided by the number of children with disabilities in that unit, multiplied by the number of children with disabilities participating in the schoolwide program.

For more information visit Maine DOE’s ESSA Webpages or contact Maine DOE’s Title IA Data Specialist Daniel Weeks at, or Director of Special Services Jan Breton at