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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; 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
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
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