PRIORITY NOTICE: EPS Oct 1 Enrollment/Special Ed (EF-S-05) Reporting Certification due by November 22

The Maine Department of Education is asking all districts for verification and certification of the EPS Oct 1 Enrollment/Special Ed (EF-S-05) Report to be completed by Wednesday, November 22, 2017. At this time, all issues within the Synergy student data information system, and in the NEO Student Reports module have been resolved. We acknowledge the … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: EPS Oct 1 Enrollment/Special Ed (EF-S-05) Reporting Certification due by November 22

PRIORITY NOTICE: Protocol for school cancelations due to recent storm

School Administrative Units (SAU) that canceled school days due to circumstances surrounding the recent storm should treat those cancelations the same as any other weather related school cancelation. The state of emergency issued by the State of Maine was expressly to provide utility work crews relief from federal highway regulations in order to restore power to those … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Protocol for school cancelations due to recent storm

PRIORITY NOTICE: Misinformation Diminishes Opportunities for Students

The Maine Department of Education responds, point-by-point, to a recent article in the Sun Journal that contains numerous inaccuracies about regionalization. Many stakeholders agree that finding efficiencies through regionalization efforts is a good idea for students and school communities. We hope that our clarifications will allow the positive conversations to continue. KINGFIELD — The Regional … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Misinformation Diminishes Opportunities for Students

EPS Student Enrollment and Special Education Child Count data certification deadline extended to November 7

Due to the continued data access and quality issues integrating the student data from Synergy to the EPS reports in NEO, the Maine Department of Education is extending the certification deadline from October 31st to November 7th for Essential Programs And Services (EPS) Student Enrollment and Special Education Child Count (EF-S-05 Part 1). Subsequently, the … Continue reading EPS Student Enrollment and Special Education Child Count data certification deadline extended to November 7

PRIORITY NOTICE: ESSA training available for all Maine schools and districts

As a reminder, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) has announced a partnership with TransACT Communications to support compliance with the new Parent and Family Engagement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to help schools meet the civil rights obligations of schools in working with English Learners (EL) and their families. TransACT … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: ESSA training available for all Maine schools and districts

PRIORITY NOTICE: GI Bill benefits available for high school students

The Maine Department of Education, the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3), and the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education sponsor the following message: Some of your high school students may be eligible for thousands of dollars of GI Bill benefits while attending high school. Maine has nearly 130,000 veterans, many of whom have … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: GI Bill benefits available for high school students

PRIORITY NOTICE: Certification office closed 10/16 – 10/27 to work on new online system

As a reminder, the Maine Department of Education’s new online certification system, Maine Certification Information System (MCIS), is scheduled for a soft release to staff and educators at pilot schools, and will be available to administrators, and local support system chair people statewide on Monday, October 30th. MCIS is targeted to be available to all … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Certification office closed 10/16 – 10/27 to work on new online system