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

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Rule Chapter 115 has been withdrawn at this time.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

PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed Revisions to Rule Chapter 101 (Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty); Public Hearing on November 13, 2018

This notice is one of four priority notices being sent to district and school administrators, including special education directors, on 10/24/18 regarding proposed major substantive rules that have been filed with the Secretary of the State of Maine on this day (Rule Chapters: 101, 115, 122 and 132). Please share this notice with all interested parties.

The Maine Department of Education is proposing amendments to Rule Chapter 101 Maine Unified Special Education Regulations, Birth to Twenty. The proposed substantive changes are as follows:

  • Transfers responsibility for state agency clients from the SAU where the residential placement is located to the school administrative unit (SAU) where the parents reside;
  • Clarifies that when Education in Unorganized Territory (EUT) tuitions a student with disabilities to an SAU, in the absence of written authorization from the Superintendent of EUT, the receiving SAU shall have authority to commit resources;
  • Provides that parents who have obtained independent evaluations should provide those assessments to the SAU at least 3 days in advance of the IEP Team meeting;
  • Provides that SAUs are responsible for evaluating kindergarten-eligible children who are referred to Child Development Services (CDS) after April 1 of each year;
  • Provides that when a child has an abbreviated school day because of the child’s educational needs, the IEP Team must convene every 45 calendar days (currently every 20 school days);
  • Removes Asperger’s Syndrome from the definition of Autism in order to match current medical definitions;
  • Removes Section VIII, FAPE for Five-Year-Olds by IEP Team, which currently allows kindergarten-eligible children with disabilities to remain the responsibility of CDS instead of transitioning to public kindergarten;
  • Changes the requirements for highly qualified teachers to be consistent with federal requirements that have reverted to IDEA. The proposal retains the previous definition of highly qualified in 34 CFR 300.18 and addresses alternate routes to special education teacher certification;
  • Makes clear that vision services and definitions provided for 3- 20-year-olds are the same as those provided for 0- 2-year-olds;
  • Clarifies and revises various aspects of due process procedures; and
  • Provides that each SAU must singly or in collaboration with other SAUs contract for the services of a certified special education administrator for a minimum of three hours per month.

Non-substantive changes are proposed as follows;

  • Corrects typographical/spelling errors throughout the document;
  • Clarifies that a school year begins on July 1 and ends June 30 of every year;
  • Removes the reference to the date for implementation of general education interventions;
  • Removes references to specific magnet schools;
  • Removes the specific names of Maine Department of Education forms;
  • Replaces the term ‘native language” with “primary language”;
  • Requires documentation of age of majority notification in the written notice;
  • Clarifies that consultation services are a special education service when provided by a special education teacher, or by a speech language pathologist when speech language is the primary disability. Consultation is a related service only when provided by other providers, such as occupational therapists or physical therapists, or by a speech/language clinician or pathologist to a child whose disability category is not speech or language impairment;
  • Requires that invoices to the Department for special education for state wards and state agency clients must be timely;
  • Refines the definition of family training and counseling for infants and toddlers
  • Excludes children awaiting foster care from the definition of homeless;
  • Replaces the term English proficient with “English learner”;
  • Removes the term scientifically-based interventions; and
  • Clarifies the definition of parent to include the definition in IDEA Part C.

Find the details for proposed changes for Rule Chapter 101 on the Maine DOE Proposed Rule & Rule Changes webpage (proposed rules are listed in order by rule number).

Public Hearing Information for Rule Chapter 101
November 13, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Room 103A of the Burton Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street Augusta, ME. 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 sent to the Department’s Director of Special Services, Janice Breton, at

PRIORITY NOTICE: Guidance on New High School Diploma Law

Governor LePage signed into law PL 2017, Chapter 466 on July 10, 2018, allowing SAUs to award either proficiency-based or credit-based diplomas. This change will take effect on December 13, 2018. The new diploma law, enacted by the 128th Legislature, removes the mandate that a high school diploma be based on a student’s demonstration of proficiency in Maine’s Learning Results and instead makes a proficiency-based diploma one of two options.

To help inform school districts and the public about the new law, the Department is providing a side-by-side comparison of the two diploma options. While the new law provides opportunities for flexibility and innovation in awarding a high school diploma, it also presents challenges. The Maine DOE believes the comparison chart will help districts navigate their different options to ensure that, whatever the local decision is, students are provided a high quality education.

Side-by-side comparison of the two diploma options (PDF) »

The chart demonstrates that many details must be worked out both at the state and local level. As school leaders consider the uncertainties presented by the new law, the Commissioner wants districts to know that Maine DOE has an unwavering commitment to the quality of education for all Maine students. In this vein, districts should move forward with diploma requirements that serve students with an understanding that further legislation is likely necessary to reduce the inconsistencies between the two options.

The Commissioner is working collaboratively with stakeholders to establish common goals and seek solutions that ensure Maine’s high school diploma requirements provide a challenging, high quality education for every student in Maine. The Maine DOE looks forward to working with districts in this endeavor to prepare our graduates for a bright future.


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Maine Learning Results

Guiding Principles of The Maine Learning Results

Understanding the Guiding Principlesa Resource developed by the Maine DOE and epic, Educational Policy Improvement Center.

For further questions, contact Mary Paine, Maine DOE Chief of Planning and Implementation at or (207) 624-6672.