Maine - Alternative Education for Expelled Students: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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State law encourages districts to operate alternative school programs or to ensure access to educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.

Code of Maine Department of Education, Chapter 127 Instructional program, assessment and diploma requirements, 05.071.127

Section 3. General requirements K-12

  • 3.04 Alternative Programs
    • A. Role of Alternative Programs

A school administrative unit may establish or participate in one or more programs as alternatives to the regular course of study to meet the needs of students at risk. Alternative programs shall support student social and behavioral development in addition to performance on the content standards of the system of Learning Results.

These programs shall have stated goals, objectives, and procedures for implementing and assessing their effectiveness. Such programs may include interventions such as programs outside the school administrative unit, specialized instructional settings, extended or shortened school day, or extended school year, and may be scheduled outside of the regular school day, if appropriate.

* B.  Procedural Requirements  

School administrative units shall develop a Personal Learning Plan, aligned with the system of Learning Results, for every K-12 student enrolled in an alternative program. Each Personal Learning Plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following components:

  • 1). A description of the student's academic strengths and the observable or measurable areas in need of improvement.
  • 2). A description of the annual educational goals, aligned with the content standards and performance indicators of the system of Learning Results, that the student may reasonably be expected to achieve during the school year.
  • 3). A description of short-term instructional objectives leading to each annual educational goal.
  • 4). A description of the social and behavioral needs that must be addressed for the student to achieve academic success, including strategies to keep the student in school.
  • 5). A description of the multiple measures that will provide evidence that the student has achieved each goal.
  • 6). For secondary school students, a description of the student's career goals and transitional steps to achieve them.
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