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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
Fairman, Janet; Johnson, Amy; Mette, Ian; Wickerd, Garry; LaBrie, Sharon – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2018
The Maine Legislature requested the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) to conduct an assessment of standardized testing in Maine schools to understand the amount, cost, and usefulness of it. This report summarizes the resulting effort, which included a literature scan, document analysis, and surveys of two groups of school…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Benefits, Screening Tests
Stump, Erika; Doykos, Bernadette; Brache, Maria Rios – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2018
In the 127th Maine State Legislative Session, "An Act to Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council" (S.P. 660 -- L.D. 1627) was passed into law as Chapter 489. This amended the chaptered law passed in 2012, "An Act to Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy" (S.P.439 -- L.D.1422),…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Requirements, Academic Achievement, State Standards
Johnson, Amy; Stump, Erika – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2018
In 2012, the Maine legislature passed a bill requiring public school districts to implement proficiency-based high school diploma requirements. Amendments were passed in subsequent years, and several additional bills related to this policy were introduced in the most recent 128th Legislative Session in early 2018. These bills were considered by…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Requirements, Competency Based Education, Program Implementation
Morris, Lisa; Johnson, Amy – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2018
There have long been anecdotal reports that some Maine districts have difficulty filling vacancies and retaining teachers. This is a common lament for schools in rural areas, and for schools across the state in hiring teachers for certain subject areas-namely math, science, special education, and foreign languages. Current policy initiatives in…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Teacher Persistence, Educational Trends, Public Schools
Stump, Erika; Fairman, Janet; Doykos, Bernadette; Fink, Paul – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2017
In the 127th Legislative Session, "An Act to Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council" (S.P. 660 - L.D. 1627) was passed into law as Chapter 489 amending the chaptered law "An Act to Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy" (S.P.439 - L.D.1422) passed in 2012 requiring Maine school…
Descriptors: State Legislation, High School Graduates, Academic Achievement, Graduation Requirements
Fallona, Catherine; Johnson, Amy – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2017
As requested by the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) has conducted a study with the purpose of examining current research and evidence-based policies related to teacher credentialing systems. The goal is to inform revisions to Maine's current…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Credentials, Teacher Certification, Educational Change
Stump, Erika; Johnson, Amy; Jacobs, Cathy – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2017
Document review and interviews were conducted with college admissions' personnel to gather data regarding alignment of proficiency-based diploma systems and college eligibility and entry requirements. In addition, leaders and representative personnel from and Maine businesses and the U.S. military were interviewed to identify postsecondary career…
Descriptors: Special Education, Career Education, Technical Education, Interviews
Fairman, Janet; Johnson, Amy; Eberle, Francis – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2017
Part I summarizes key topics of federal education policy articulating accountability requirements for state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs, or school districts). In that section we describe major goals of the legislation and which components are the same or changed in the federal law. The findings are grouped into…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Accountability, State Departments of Education
Johnson, Amy F. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2016
College readiness remains a large policy challenge for both K­-12 schools and higher education institutions. Students who need to pursue remedial coursework before being able to enroll in introductory college requirements face financial and logistical challenges that create barriers to degree progression. In an effort to gain additional…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Enrollment, Outcomes of Education
Johnson, Amy F.; Hopper, Fleur; Sloan, James E. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2016
In 2015, the Maine State Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs commissioned the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) to study the state's Essential Program and Services (EPS) K-12 education funding model in relationship to the funding for Maine's two virtual charter schools. The study was initiated…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Virtual Classrooms, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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