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Maine Legislation & Maine State Board of Education Statutes


Title 20-A: Education  Part 3: Elementary and Secondary Education;


Chapter 207-A: Instruction; Subchapter 1: General Requirements


§4710. Kindergarten to grade 12 Interventions
By the school year that begins in the fall of 2012 all school administrative units shall develop and implement a system of interventions for kindergarten to grade 12 that provide each student who is not progressing toward meeting the content standards of the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements with different learning experiences or assistance to achieve the standard. The interventions must be specific, timely and based upon ongoing formative assessments that continuously monitor student progress. 


Chapter 101: General Provisions

III. General Education Intervention

2.  Procedure

All general education interventions must include

a. Documentation that every child, prior to entering the general education intervention process, was provided with appropriate
 instruction in reading, including the essential components of reading instruction (as defined in 1208 (3) of ESEA
Chapter 647 LD 1800  An Act to Adopt the Common Core Standards Initiative
Passed April 4, 2011.
Common Core Standards/ELA The foundational skills of reading, K-5: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension.
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Reading Standards


H.P. 1376-LD 1858 Sec. B-5 Certification Rules

Passed April 6, 2012.

The State Board of Education shall amend its rules relating to certification of educators under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20 A, section 13012 to require that any person seeking an endorsement to teach K through 8 must demonstrate proficiency in math and reading instruction, including evidence-based reading instruction. For the purposes of this section, ‘evidence-based reading instruction” means instructional practices that have been proven by systematic, objective, valid, and peer reviewed research to lead to predictable gains in reading achievement.  The requirement must apply to all teachers and specialists, including teachers in special education and teachers of English language learners.”


Maine Section Reading



Chapter 114: Purpose, Standards, and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Preparation Programs for Education Personnel

This chapter was reviewed in 2011-2012 and was be sent to the Board of Education for approval in September 2012.  Learn more

Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization, and Approval of Education Personnel

This important chapter is also up for review although, as of April 2012, there is no announcement of a Stakeholders Committee for that purpose.


Reading Interventions

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