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TO:       Superintendents of Schools, Assistant Superintendents, School Principals, and Special Education Directors

FROM:  Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:   March 30, 2007

RE:       State Performance Plan (SPP) Data:  Assistance for Post Secondary School Data Collection

Since 2005, the Maine Department of Education Office of Special Services has been collecting contact information for students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) who exited high school by graduating with a diploma, dropping out, aging out, or graduating by fulfilling the requirements of an IEP.  Each year, schools in the Office of Special Services Program Review (OSSPR) cycle will be asked to participate in the process of collecting post secondary school contact and directory information for their students with IEPs who are exiting.

Percent of youth who had IEPs, are no longer in secondary school and who have been competitively employed, enrolled in some type of postsecondary school, or both, within one year of leaving high school. (State Performance Plan Indicator # B-13)

The local education agencies (LEAs) will be required to provide the Department with contact information for students with IEPs exiting in the current school year including the directory information needed to contact the student or a party speaking for the student one year after graduation. LEAs in the OSSPR cycle will be contacted with more detailed information when they are scheduled for program review.

The Maine Transition Network (MTN) has been contracted by the Department to assist schools with the collection of this information.  LEAs will be contacted by MTN representatives or MTN’s Committee on Transition (COT) regional representatives and provided with a URL that students or school personnel may use to provide contact and directory information. Regional representatives from the COT will be available to provide training and technical support to students and LEAs on entering the contact information, the directory information and the content of the post secondary survey.

If you have any questions regarding the State Performance Plan data, please contact Dr. Pamela Rosen by email (