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TO:                  Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Special Education Directors, and School Board Chairs

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             April 6, 2006   

RE:                  Workshops: Preview Outcome Data on Children with Special Needs before Public Release

Attend a regional workshop to discuss State data and data disaggregated by Superintendent Region on graduation rates, dropout rates, State assessment, least restrictive environment placements, suspension rates and expulsion rates. The aggregated data represent five of the 34 data indicators that will be submitted to the United States Department of Education (US DOE) Office of Special Programs (OSEP) on February 2, 2007, and are required to be reported to the public. 

May 10, 2006   1-4 pm          Westbrook School Department Auditorium

May 30, 2006   1-4 pm          United Technology Center – Bangor         

May 31, 2006   1-4 pm         Central Maine Commerce Center - Augusta
                                                (Formerly the SCI building on Route 27) 

School District teams are encouraged to attend. To register for a workshop, go to:

The Maine Department of Education (MDOE), Office of Special Services (OSS) developed and submitted a six-year State Performance Plan (SPP) on December 2, 2005, to US DOE OSEP.  For further information, see Informational Letter #53 dated October 25, 2005, at: and the SPP website at:

If you have any questions, contact:  Dr. Pamela Rosen, or 207-624-6648.