Reminder of Information Sharing Statute Relating to Investigations of Educators

As a reminder, LD 1924 An Act To Improve Information Sharing Relating to Investigations of Educators (Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §13025) will go into effect on December 3rd, 2018.

The specific duties of school entities and the Department related to investigations of educators including confidentiality, subpoenas, and definitions are addressed within the statue which can be accessed here: L.D. 1924 An Act To Improve Information Sharing Relating to Investigations of Educators (Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §13025 LD)

 For further information, contact Ángel Martinez Loredo at Angel.Loredo@maine.gov.

 

PRIORITY NOTICE: Live Broadcast Available for Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to Science and Technology, and Social Studies Standards

As a reminder, the Maine Department of Education has scheduled a public hearing on November 15, 2018 as part of the scheduled periodic review of the Maine Learning Results. The Department is seeking public comments regarding the proposed revisions to Rule Chapter 132, revised science and technology and social studies standards.

The public hearing will take place in room 103A of the Burton Cross Building in Augusta. Anyone present may speak at the public hearing, which will be live-streamed. People that wish to speak will be asked to sign in and, preferably, provide two written copies of comments, as well as an electronic copy.

Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may send written comments by 5 pm on December 3, 2018. Written comments may be emailed to sis.doe@maine.gov with the subject “Science Standards Review,” or “Social Studies Standards Review,” or mailed to Maine Department of Education, attn: Beth Lambert, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.

Below is a list of relevant links, as well as the hearing information including a link for the live stream:

For further information about the standards review process contact Beth Lambert at Beth.Lambert@maine.gov.

MEDIA RELEASE: Maine DOE Releases 2017/2018 Education Assessment Results

The Maine Department of Education has released the 2017-2018 Maine Education Assessment (MEA) results in the content areas of mathematics, English language arts/literacy, and science.

The Department would like to thank schools, districts, and community members for their continued patience while an additional validation was completed after the initial delay in releasing the 2017/2018 results.

“This year the Department has three years of data from the same assessments which will allow for measurement across multiple years,” said Maine Department of Education Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr. “The new trend lines will assist the Department in determining where support is needed to help increase student achievement across the state.”

The public results can be viewed by school or district and by student group, including grade level groups, in the Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS).

Maine DOE 2018 Second Special Session Legislative Summary Available

The Maine Department of Education has prepared a summary of major laws related to education enacted by the Second Special Session of the 128th Maine Legislature. This information may prove helpful to school and district administrators and educators when planning for the 2018-19 school year.

For each education bill, the summary lists the provisions, effective date, and action required by the bill.

A law indicated as an “emergency” is a law that was passed by a two-thirds vote of the Maine Legislature; emergency legislation takes effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature.  For non-emergency laws passed during the First Regular Session, the effective date is December 13, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

The summary can be downloaded from the link below:

Newly Enacted Legislation by the 128th Maine Legislature Second Special Session

Additional legislative summaries, including the Second Regular Session (2018) and the First Regular Session (2017), can be found on the Maine Department of Education’s Newly Enacted Legislation Webpage.

For more information or questions, please contact Debra Plowman, State Legislative Director, at debra.plowman@maine.gov.

PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed Revisions for Rule Chapter 115 (Certification Rules); Hearing on November 15, 2018

Rule Chapter 115 has been withdrawn at this time. Click here for more information.

As part of the Maine Department of Education’s efforts to streamline and clarify certification processes for Maine educators, the Department is proposing revisions to Rule Chapter 115: Credentialing of Educational Personnel, Parts I and II. The revisions:

  • Align rule with recent statutory changes;
  • Integrate Part I Part II for better articulation, clarity, and usability;
  • Remove redundant and unnecessary language;
  • Refine grade spans to allow for flexibility in hiring and mobility of credentialed teachers;
  • Remove 029 (K-3) endorsement as the requirements closely parallel those of the 020 (K-8) endorsement; the 029 is rarely sought; and those denied a 029 endorsement often apply and qualify for the 020 endorsement;
  • Remove additional endorsements that are no longer applicable; and
  • Define a pathway that qualifies an eligible candidate to teach based on a combination of a four-year degree, work experience, and education coursework.

Find the details for proposed changes for Rule Chapter 115 on the Maine DOE Proposed Rule & Rule Changes webpage (proposed rules are listed in order by rule number).

Public Hearing Information for Rule Chapter 115:
November 15, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM.
Room 103 A and B in the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine
People wishing to speak will be asked to sign in and, preferably, provide two written copies of their comments. Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may send written comments.

Comment Period Deadline: December 3, 2018

Comments can be submitted to Stephanie Fyfe at Stephanie.Fyfe@maine.gov