The Maine DOE is offering guidance about the use of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in establishing educator effectiveness benchmarks as a result of recent rule changes initiated to ensure the state maintained flexibility from burdensome federal requirements. One of the required changes to Rule Chapter 180: Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) Systems was language about the role of IEPs in the establishment of growth measures in an evaluation system. The newly adopted rule states that, “An individual education plan must not be used as a measure of student growth in the evaluation of an educator.” The intent of this language is to distinguish between a plan that is developed by many concerned parties to support an individual student in reaching certain benchmarks and a growth measure that is developed by educators to determine the effectiveness of a teacher’s instructional approach.

 

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