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

PRIORITY NOTICE: Reporting 2017-18 Student Information – Due Date October 31, 2017

TO:               Private School Administrators FROM:          Dr. Robert G. Hasson, Jr., Maine Education Commissioner DATE:           October 10, 2017 SUBJECT:     Reporting 2017-18 Student Information – Due Date October 31, 2017 The Synergy State edition is online for school year 2017-18 updates. The updated 2017-18 student information will be utilized … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Reporting 2017-18 Student Information – Due Date October 31, 2017

PRIORITY NOTICE: Urgent message regarding uploading student enrollment data

The Maine Department of Education is working quickly to resolve reported issues that School Administrative Units (SAU) are experiencing in uploading and validating October 1 student enrollment counts in the Synergy State Edition Student System. The Department understands your frustration and concern, and we apologize for any inconvenience these issues have caused. Please be advised that Department … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Urgent message regarding uploading student enrollment data

PRIORITY NOTICE: Maine DOE’s path forward with respect to Chapter 134 (Regulations for Awarding a High School Diploma)

After careful review of all oral and written comments received by the Maine DOE regarding proposed rule Chapter 134, Regulations for Awarding a High School Diploma, the Maine DOE has made the decision to withdraw the current proposed rule and restart the rulemaking process after a brief pause for conceptual conversations. The conceptual conversations will … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Maine DOE’s path forward with respect to Chapter 134 (Regulations for Awarding a High School Diploma)

PRIORITY NOTICE: Arts education participation and access data needed

The Maine Department of Education is committed to supporting access to, and participation in the arts as part of Maine students’ well-rounded education. In order to provide a view of trends, challenges, and successes in PreK-12th grade arts education, the department is asking school districts to submit student participation and access data for the 2016-2017 … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Arts education participation and access data needed