Public Reporting of IDEA 618 Data:
The Maine Department of Education is currently developing a new reporting environment to serve as a Data Warehouse for current and future data. The new Data Warehouse will allow users to assess Maine school performance data and make comparisons to other schools, districts, and the entire state. It will also contain data on school spending, Maine’s student population, and staff members working in Maine’s schools. Until the reporting environment is developed, the following link contains the most recent state-level data publicly reported by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): https://www2.ed.gov/programs/osepidea/618-data/static-tables/index.html. The state-level data are provided in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) section 618(a) (for children ages 3-21) and section 642 (for birth through age 2).
Maine’s Assessment data for English/Language Arts, Math, and Science are reported in a separate reporting environment and can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/doe/Testing_Accountability/MECAS
State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report
The State Performance Plan (SPP) is designed to evaluate the state's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Part B and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and to describe how the state will improve its implementation. Additionally, Section 616(b)(2)(C)(ii) of the IDEA requires states to report annually on each Local Education Agency’s (LEA) performance on the targets in the SPP through an Annual Performance Report (APR).
State and LEA Determinations
Data obtained through each state’s APR, monitoring visits, and other public information are used by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to determine if each state meets requirements, needs assistance, needs intervention, or needs substantial intervention in implementing the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
For the 2016-17 school year, OSEP determined that the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) needs assistance in implementing the requirements of Part B of the IDEA and meets requirements in implementing the requirements of Part C of the IDEA. As a result, the Maine DOE has accessed technical assistance provided by federally-funded agencies and is working with schools to improve student outcomes and implementation of the IDEA. The following link can be used to view each state’s determination letter and information on how the determinations were made: https://www2.ed.gov/fund/data/report/idea/sppapr.html.
Additionally, states are required to determine if each Local Education Agency (LEA) meets requirements in implementing the requirements of the IDEA. The Maine LEA compliance determinations for the 2016-17 school year are listed below.