Maine's Standards Review Process

Step 1:

(Fall)

Commissioner gives approval to begin standards review process

Step 2:

(Fall)

Public comment period and hearings on current content standards

Step 3:

(Winter)

Steering Committee: A committee of content area experts who represent the cultural diversity found in Maine and a range of viewpoints as to the content of the standards is formed and tasked to:

  • review all comments submitted during the initial public comment period;
  • develop a blueprint for the revision of the state standards in their assigned content area;
  • address and advise the writing committees when deadlocks occur; and
  • determine when the writing teams have completed their work and the standards are ready to be moved on to the next step in the process.

The Maine State Board of Education will appoint one member of the Steering Committee

Step 4:

(Winter)

Maine DOE review and approval of the steering committee's recommended blueprint for standards revision.

Step 5:

(Summer)

Writing Team: Teams of pk-12 teachers who represent Maine’s cultural and geographical diversity are formed and broken into smaller groups, facilitated by the Maine DOE content specialist, to revise content standards based on guidance from the Steering Committee.

Step 6:

(Summer)

The Writing Team submits draft proposal to the Maine Department of Education.

Step 7:

(Fall)

Internal Maine DOE review of standards revision

Step 8:

(Fall)

The Maine DOE files the standards revision document as proposed rules with the Secretary of State.

Step 9:

(Fall)

Maine DOE will hold a public hearing followed by a public comment period on the proposed rules.

Step 10:

(Winter)

Maine DOE prepares and submits provisional adoption of standards revision to the Secretary of State and Legislative Council. The Legislature, once in session in January, will refer the rule as a legislative document to The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee where they will be given an LD Resolve to revise during session.

Step 11:

(Winter)

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing and work session before sending the proposed rules on to the full legislature.

Step 12:

(Spring)

Final adoption of revised standards by the Maine State Legislature.

Step 13:

(Spring)

The Maine Department of Education will prepare the standards regulation for final adoption.