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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools


FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             July 8, 2004


RE:                   No Child Left Behind “Highly Qualified” Teachers and Paraprofessionals LEA Data Reporting Extension



As you know, the United States Department of Education, under provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires states to report data annually on the percentage of “Highly Qualified” Teachers and paraprofessionals that are employed in Maine public schools.  In April of this year, I requested that you initiate the identification process of “highly qualified” teachers and educational technicians by collecting baseline data for the 2003-2004 school year, which would be report to the Maine Department of Education by July 1, 2004.


The US Department of Education is currently finalizing the guidance on the data collection and reporting process that will be required for the 2003-2004 data, which you have collected and prepared for reporting. To insure compliance with US Department of Education requirements I am extending the reporting due date to later this month.  I will request your report as soon as I am in receipt of finalized guidance from the US Department of Education.


Please know that I am extremely appreciative of all the hard work and time you and your colleagues have put into the identification process and data collection for the Highly Qualified Teacher and Paraprofessional requirement. I know that you have the information completed and stand ready to report.  I assure you that we will do everything possible to complete the reporting process as soon as possible in order to remain in compliance with federal law.  Thank you for your patience.