An Act To Prepare All Maine Students for Postsecondary Education, Career and Citizenship
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §4726, as amended by PL 1991, c. 279, §3, is further amended to read:
§ 4726. World languages
Each school administrative unit:
American sign language is a foreign world language and may be offered to fulfill the requirements of this section.
For purposes of this section, "world language" means a language, either ancient or modern, that is used or has been used for written, oral or signed communication in the multilingual and multicultural worldwide community.
Sec. 2. 20-A MRSA §6202-A, as amended by PL 2005, c. 446, §4 and c. 593, §§1 and 2, is repealed.
Sec. 3. 20-A MRSA §6202-B is enacted to read:
§ 6202-B. Multiple measures of student achievement
Each school administrative unit shall use multiple assessment methods to measure student achievement of the learning results set forth in section 6209 and in department rules implementing that section and other curricular requirements established in section 6209 to inform instruction and ensure students are making progress toward achieving the learning results set forth in section 6209 and in department rules implementing that section, other curricular requirements and the requirements of a common core course of study.
Sec. 4. 20-A MRSA §6208, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 649, §1, is amended to read:
§ 6208. Legislative intent
The Legislature finds that because all children can learn at significantly higher levels, it is essential that the Legislature, the State Board of Education, the Department of Education, school administrative units, educators and parents provide children with schools that reflect high expectations and create conditions where these expectations can be met. Through a shared sense of accountability and a cooperative spirit among State Government, school administrative units, educators, parents, business persons, and the community, school administrative units and educators can develop and teach to high standards that will enable students to become productive and fulfilled members of society. The Legislature further finds that the system of learning results established set forth in section 6209 and in department rules implementing that section and other curricular requirements will serve as a foundation for education reform, will promote assessment of student learning, will reinforce accountability and will encourage equity. The Legislature, therefore, encourages the State Board of Education, the Department of Education and school administrative units to employ a high degree of creativity in developing content standards and performance indicators and to explore a wide range of programs and options so that the standards adopted will reflect the highest possible expectations and assessments will be of the highest possible quality. The ultimate goal and intent of the Legislature is to ensure that the State's schools will enable today's students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective parents, citizens, workers and adults for postsecondary education, career and citizenship.
Sec. 5. 20-A MRSA §6209, as amended by PL 2005, c. 662, Pt. A, §14, is further amended to read:
§ 6209. System of learning results established
The department in consultation with the state board shall establish and implement a comprehensive, statewide system of learning results , referred to in this section as the "system," no later than the 2002-03 school year. The system, based broadly upon guiding principles set forth in this section , and in department rules implementing this section and other curricular requirements. The department must establish high academic accountability standards at all grade levels in the areas of math mathematics; reading; English; and science and technology ; . The department shall establish parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in English language arts, mathematics, science and technology, social studies , including history, economics and civics; career preparation and education development; visual and performing arts; health and , physical education and wellness; and foreign world languages. Only students in a public school or a private school approved for tuition that enrolls at least 60% publicly funded students, as determined by the previous school year's October and April average enrollment, are required to participate in the system of learning results set forth in this section and in department rules implementing this section and other curricular requirements. The commissioner shall develop accommodation provisions for instances where course content conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs and practices of a student's parent or guardian. The system must be adapted to accommodate children with disabilities as defined in section 7001, subsection 1-A.
(1) Uses oral, written, visual, artistic and technological modes of expression;
(2) Reads, listens to and interprets messages from multiple sources; and
(3) Uses English and at least one other language;
(1) Creates career and education plans that reflect personal goals, interests and skills, and available resources;
(2) Demonstrates the capacity to undertake independent study; and
(3) Finds and uses information from libraries, electronic data bases and other resources;
(1) Observes situations objectively to clearly and accurately define problems;
(2) Frames questions and designs data collection and analysis strategies from all disciplines to answer those questions;
(3) Identifies patterns, trends and relationships that apply to solutions to problems; and
(4) Generates a variety of solutions, builds a case for the best response and critically evaluates the effectiveness of this response;
(1) Recognizes the power of personal participation to affect the community and demonstrates participation skills;
(2) Understands the importance of accepting responsibility for personal decisions and actions;
(3) Knows the means of achieving personal and community health and well-being; and
(4) Recognizes and understands the diverse nature of society;
(1) Knows the structure and functions of the labor market;
(2) Assesses individual interests, aptitudes, skills, and values in relation to demands of the workplace; and
(3) Demonstrates reliability, flexibility and concern for quality; and
(1) Applies knowledge and skills in and across English language arts, visual and performing arts, foreign languages, health and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and career preparation; and
(2) Comprehends relationships among different modes of thought and methods associated with the traditional disciplines.
Sec. 6. 20-A MRSA §6209-A, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 446, §5, is amended to read:
§ 6209-A. State validation
The commissioner shall validate each school administrative unit's comprehensive education plan, as required in section 4502, subsection 1 , and local assessment system, as required in section 6202-A.
When a report is made under this subsection for purposes of comparative analysis, the reporting mechanisms and the categories reported must be uniform for each school administrative unit.
Sec. 7. 20-A MRSA §6210, as amended by PL 2005, c. 446, §6, is further amended to read:
§ 6210. School assistance
Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, the The commissioner shall provide assistance to a school administrative unit when student performance in a school in the school administrative unit, or when a review of the comprehensive education plan conducted under section 4504, subsection 2, indicates that assistance is needed. This assistance must be based on a thorough review of the comprehensive education plan, as required in section 4502, subsection 1, and the evidence of student performance provided by the school administrative unit's local assessment system. This may include assignment of an assistance team by the commissioner to work with the school administrative unit over a period of not less than one year. The commissioner shall pilot this process during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 school years and shall develop rules for school administrative unit assistance and accountability to safeguard the learning of the students in the school administrative unit.