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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 53                   

POLICY CODE: EH

 

TO:           Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Special Education Directors, Child Development Services (CDS) Directors

FROM:     Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:      October 25, 2005        

RE:            Impact on School Administrative Districts (SAUs) and Child Development Services (CDS) Sites of new data collection requirements and public reporting by Maine Department of Education (MDOE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004

A. KEY POINTS RE: IDEIA CHANGES:

The US DOE OSEP requires the MDOE OSS to convene a stakeholder group to participate in developing the SPP.   OSEP suggested using the Maine Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities (MACECD).  

This fall, MACECD has been meeting in Augusta to review the 34 draft indictors, render advice and assist in setting the annual “Measurable and Rigorous Targets” for each indicator.

B. IMPLICATIONS FOR SAUs and CDS Sites: Data Collection and    

     Public Reporting

1.  “Measurable and Rigorous Targets” are set by M DOE OSS using MACECD input.

2.  The US DOE OSEP expects that all SAUs and CDS Sites will meet these “Measurable and Rigorous Targets.”

3.  Progress toward the “Measurable and Rigorous Targets” must be reported by MDOE OSS annually to the US DOE OSEP beginning in February, 2007 and must be made public on the SPP website and through other media.

C. PUBLIC ACCESS TO INFORMATION

The website contains additional information about the SPP and a link to the federal website that contains the indicators that are the focus of this letter.

http://www.maine.gov/education/speceddata/stateperformanceplan.htm

The SPP will be made available on the SPP website after its submission to the US DOE OSEP on December 2, 2005.   The SPP will contain baseline data for indicators for which data has traditionally been collected and the annual “Measurable and Rigorous Targets.” The SPP will also contain plans for collecting baseline data for new indicators.

For more information about the SPP submission process and its implications for SAUs and CDS Sites, please contact Dr. Pamela Rosen at 207-624-6648 or pam.rosen@maine.gov.