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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  27
           
POLICY CODE:  IKF 

 

TO:        Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Career and Technical Education Center Directors, Curriculum Coordinators, Guidance Counselors, School Health Coordinators and all Classroom Educators

FROM:    Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner of Education

DATE:     September 29, 2006

RE:         Proposed Revised Maine Learning Results Documents Available Online and Schedule for Information Sessions 

 

Proposed Revised Maine Learning Results Documents

On September 28, 2006 the Department of Education posted two documents online which were generated as a result of the Maine Learning Results Review.    The two documents, Maine Department of Education Regulation 131 - The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards (filed with the Secretary of State on September 26, 2006 as the revised rule, Maine Department of Education Regulation 131) and the revised Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements serve two separate and distinct purposes.  The proposed revised rule, Maine Department of Education Regulation 131 - The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards, outlines the  challenging academic content standards for the demonstration of education attainment required by the federal No Child Left Behind legislation. The second document, the proposed revised Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements, provides schools with a description of a progression of learning from PK through diploma to ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills to be career, college and citizenship ready for the 21st century.

In the Maine Department of Education Regulation 131 – The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards you will see the State’s standards and performance indicators described for seven standards in three content areas.  The three content areas are Mathematics, English Language Arts (Reading), and Science.  Each of the content areas is organized by one or more standards.  The standards articulate the State’s overarching learning expectations for the content area.   Standards are further detailed by performance indicators which outline grade span/grade level assessment expectations for each of the standards.  The decision to use grade span and grade level performance indicators was guided by No Child Left Behind reporting requirements. 

The proposed revised Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements describe the progression of learning across all content areas, outline in detail essential instruction, and provide the framework upon which graduation requirements will be developed.  This document should serve as foundation for the development of coherent school curricula.  In addition, the proposed revised Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements, will continue to describe the required learning for all students in Maine, even though it has changed from rule to parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements.  In the spring of 2007, the Department of Education will elaborate on the specific accountability connections among the Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements, Chapter 125 - Basic Approval Standards, and Chapter 127 - Instructional Program, Assessment and Diploma Requirements.   

You can access Maine Department of Education Regulation 131 - The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards and the proposed revised Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements online at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/review/revised_mlr_standards.htm. A glossary of terms and content area crosswalks comparing the 1997 Maine Learning Results to the 2007 revised Maine Learning Results accompanies the revised Maine Learning Results online. 

Information and Public Comment Sessions

During October there will be opportunities to gain more information about the Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements document and to provide public comment on the proposed, Maine Department of Education Regulation 131 – The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards.  The Department of Education, Maine Education Association and the University of Maine System will host six information sessions.  These sessions will include a presentation and a question and answer period about the proposed revised Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements.  Individuals may also submit feedback on the revised Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential Instruction and Graduation Requirements.  Although this document is not being proposed as a rule, comments will be accepted from September 28 through November 6, 2006.  The Department will take this feedback into consideration when finalizing this document.

          A public hearing on Maine Department of Education Regulation 131 - The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards will be held on October 23, 2006 from

3:00 – 6:00 PM at four ATM locations around the State:

  • Room 103 A&B of the Cross Building, Augusta, Maine (site of origin)
  • ATM Room, Presque Isle High School, Presque Isle, Maine
  • ATM Room, Bangor Library, Bangor, Maine 
  • ATM Room, Machias High School, Machias, Maine.

This public hearing will be an opportunity for the Department to collect public comment on the Maine Department of Education Regulation 131 – The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards.  There will be no presentation by the Department of Education or question and answer period. In addition, written comments on Maine Department of Education Regulation 131 - The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards may be submitted to the Department of Education by filling out and returning the online feedback form available at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/review/revised_mlr_standards.htm

            For further information please contact Anita Bernhardt at the Maine Department of Education, 624-6835 or anita.bernhardt@maine.gov