Code of Maine Rules

Current through 2023-52, December 27, 2023

4.01 Purpose

The purpose of a Comprehensive Education Plan is to document the development and implementation of the required statutory compendium of school approval resources and requirements by each school administrative unit or other public school. A unit will not submit its Plan to the Commissioner unless requested or in accordance with Sections 6 and 7.

4.02 Development of the Comprehensive Education Plan

Each school administrative unit shall have one Comprehensive Education Plan to guide the schools and the school administrative unit.

A. The Comprehensive Education Plan shall include an assessment of needs conducted at least every five years, based on ongoing collection and analysis of data related to indicators of student performance and development. The Comprehensive Education Plan shall reflect current educational research and practices that relate to student achievement of the content standards of the system of Learning Results, will be focused on the learning of all students, and oriented to continuous improvement to ensure that each student enrolled in a Maine public school is provided with a quality education. The superintendent shall be responsible for the continuous improvement process in each school administrative unit and shall convene a School Approval stakeholder group representative of the school and community.

B. The school administrative unit shall determine the format of the Comprehensive Education Plan. The unit's Comprehensive Education Plan shall address all documentation and data required by the Department to meet state and federal requirements. This may be done by integrating the multiple requirements or by including each required plan or requirement as a distinct component of the Comprehensive Education Plan.

C. The Comprehensive Education Plan shall address the shared vision of the school administrative unit, and establish goals and strategies that are equally inclusive and reflective of all schools in which the unit's resident students are educated. These goals and strategies must consider and coordinate with pre-kindergarten, applied technology education and adult and community education programs, where such programs exist.

4.03 Annual Update of the Comprehensive Education Plan

Each school administrative unit shall annually update its Comprehensive Education Plan, adopted according to the procedure outlined in Section 7.01. It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to report annually to the citizenry on the ongoing school improvement process and the updated Comprehensive Education Plan. Citizen recommendations shall be considered prior to annual school board action on the Plan. The superintendent shall certify progress on the Plan to the Commissioner on an annual basis.

4.04 Approval of the Comprehensive Education Plan

When a school administrative unit is on provisional approval status in accordance with Section 7.02, the Comprehensive Education Plan shall be subject to approval by the Commissioner.

4.05 Comprehensive School Approval Requirements Reference

The Comprehensive Education Plan shall address the statutory and regulatory requirements of 20-A M.R.S. §4502 and other applicable laws and rules, as summarized in the chart on the Department's Public School Approval web page.

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