State Advisory Panel
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires that an advisory group be established for both Part B & Part C of IDEA. These advisory groups are made up of individuals such as parents of students with disabilities, providers, private and public charter school representatives, and individuals with disabilities.
Meetings currently take place remotely. A link to the meeting or minutes of past meetings may be obtained by contacting Alisha Brownstein at Alisha.Brownstein@maine.gov. Panel appointments are made over the summer, with regularly scheduled meetings beginning in September.
IDEA Part B Fiscal Reporting
IDEA Part B dictates the special education and related services for children and youth ages 3 to 21.
IDEA Part C Fiscal Reporting
IDEA Part C entails the early intervention services provided to families and their infants and toddlers from birth to age 2
Math4ME State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP)
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 2020-21 school year, OSEP determined that the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) meets requirements in implementing the requirements of Part B of the IDEA and meets requirements in implementing the requirements of Part C 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://sites.ed.gov/idea/idea-files/2022-determination-letters-on-state-implementation-of-idea/.
Additionally, states are required to determine if each Local Education Agency (LEA) meets requirements in implementing the requirements of the IDEA. The Maine LEA determinations are listed below.