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Janet C. Fairman; Patricia Lech; Mella McCormick; Maddie Buxton – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2022
This report is part of an on-going series of research studies conducted by the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI), commissioned by the Maine State Legislature, to understand how PK-12 schools are supporting students and teachers during the challenging time of a pandemic where normal instructional practices have been disrupted. As…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Academic Support Services, School Support, COVID-19
Janet C. Fairman; Patricia L. Lech; Mella R. McCormick; Maddie P. Buxton – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2022
This study focused on identifying and describing practices or strategies that emerged in Maine and elsewhere in the US during the pandemic to support teachers' delivery of instruction through remote, online or hybrid modalities. Other types of support, such as mental health supports for educators were also investigated.
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, COVID-19, Pandemics
Lech, Patricia L.; Johnson, Amy F. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2021
The goal of the study was to better understand how instruction to students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) was delivered during remote learning this past spring and during the fall semester of the 2020-21 school year, and how these vulnerable students have been impacted. Research questions looked at special education teacher impressions…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Individualized Education Programs, COVID-19, Pandemics
Johnson, Amy F.; Morris, Lisa – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2021
Recent policy conversations have discussed the possibility of narrowing the grade span of Maine's Elementary Education teaching endorsement. The certificate currently qualifies an individual to teach math, science, English Language Arts, or social studies from grades K through 8 and has been proposed to be changed to grades K (or possibly pre-K)…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Elementary Education, Teacher Certification, Educational Change
Johnson, Amy F. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2021
Public schools have a long-established practice of conducting screening assessment of students as they enter kindergarten. The purpose of this study, conducted in spring 2021 by the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the request of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, is to gain a current list of the assessment…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Screening Tests, School Readiness
Lauren Saenz; Amy Johnson; Matt Pines – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2021
Extended learning opportunities (ELOs) have gained traction in Maine and nationally as a means for students to develop "college, career, and life" skills through out-of-classroom experiences. As ELOs are not structured or regulated by the state, they vary significantly in range, scope, and access. This report offers insight into…
Descriptors: High School Students, Career Readiness, Labor Force Development, Educational Opportunities
Johnson, Amy; Hawes, Kathryn; Olson, Sigrid – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2020
In response to recent anecdotal reports that Maine is experiencing heightened staff shortages, this study was designed to understand the current and future issues facing recruitment, induction, and retention of teachers and administrators in Maine's public schools. This report includes analysis of current administrative data on teacher and…
Descriptors: Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Shortage
Hawes, Kathryn; Johnson, Amy; Duina, Angela Atkinson – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2020
In response to requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Maine enacted a rule requiring all schools to have a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) in place by 2012 for a general education, pre-referral system of student support. The purpose of this system, generally termed Response to Intervention (RtI) by…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Positive Behavior Supports, Students with Disabilities, Equal Education
Jessen, Sarah B.; Johnson, Amy F. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2020
For the past several years, attention has turned toward reviewing and reframing the curricular pathways in math for students, particularly at the postsecondary level. Focus has shifted not only to math preparedness, but also to redefining the curricular pathways that lead to academic and career success. In higher education, the central principle…
Descriptors: Educational Change, College Mathematics, Community Colleges, Elementary Secondary Education
Jessen, Sarah; Fairman, Janet; Fallona, Cathie; Johnson, Amy – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2020
This study was conducted in order to examine Grow-Your-Own teacher preparation programs in the state. The initial project description was as follows: "Describe K-12 / institutes of higher education (IHE) partnerships to "Grow Your Own" (GYO) teachers. How are the programs designed, what are the partner roles, and what are the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation
Johnson, Amy; Hutchins, Benjamin – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2019
As a response to the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) federal statute, Maine enacted a rule requiring all schools to provide additional support to students who are not on track for meeting state learning standards beginning in 2012. One intent of the requirement was to improve student achievement, and another was to reduce…
Descriptors: Program Implementation, Response to Intervention, Disabilities, Educational Legislation
Fairman, Janet C.; Johnson, Amy – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2019
The question of how to best meet the social and emotional needs of PreK students in Maine has been a legislative focus in recent years, including two attempts to convene legislative task forces to restructure the provision of special education services for children aged 3 to 5. This Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) study sought to…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Inclusion, School Districts
Johnson, Amy F. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2019
Nationally, over the past few decades, standards-based school reform has taken root as a policy initiative and instructional model. This has advanced the use of learning standards and aligned assessments as a mechanism to bring consistency and clarity to public school curriculum and instruction, with the intention of raising student achievement.…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Administrator Attitudes, Competency Based Education, State Standards
Fallona, Catherine; Johnson, Amy – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2019
The shortage of special education teachers is a persistent problem in Maine. In addition to the shortage of individuals prepared to work as special education teachers, there is also a need to support special education students in the general education classroom. The majority of students who are identified with disabilities spend most of their time…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Teacher Certification, Special Education Teachers
Johnson, Amy F.; Morris, Lisa – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2019
Like most states, Maine is facing staffing shortages. Recent Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) studies have documented--both quantitatively and qualitatively--some of the challenges that schools face in filling teacher positions. In this report the authors focus on the supply of educators and assess the feasibility of using…
Descriptors: Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Certification, Needs Assessment
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