State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Maine

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 5001-A
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before October 15 Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 5201
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: any student who enrolled in kindergarten in another state may enroll in kindergarten.
Opt-out: any student who enrolled in grade 1 or completed kindergarten and was promoted in another state, may enter grade 1.
Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 5201
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 1001;
Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 1258
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 2.5 hours per day minimum for kindergarten.
5 hours per day average for all other grades.
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 125, § 6.03;
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 125, § 6.02
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:25 for grades K-8. Districts may adopt a program to reduce K-2 class size to a recommended ratio of 1:15 and a maximum of 1:18. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 4502;
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 7, § 2
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 114, § 2;
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 118,, § 2
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 114, § 2;
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 118,, § 2
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? An early elementary teacher endorsement allows a teacher to teach students in kindergarten through grade 3. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 115, Pt. II., § 1
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Kindergarten students must be assessed at the beginning of the school year to identify students who may be exceptional or at risk of school failure. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 125, § 6
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Public preschool programs must have a process in place to provide transitions to kindergarten. Targeted funds are available to support the transition of children from preschool to public school programs, including family outreach. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 124, § 13
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 7,, § 2
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? At every grade level, students must be assessed in reading, mathematics and science by means of a statewide assessment. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 6209
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Data is used to inform targeted interventions and progress monitoring. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 101, § III
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions include specialized instruction and progress monitoring. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 4710
Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 101, § III
Is there a third grade retention policy? Yes, retention is a local decision. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 127, § 5
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Yes, family engagement is included as a requirement of transition plans. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 124, § 13
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? The uniform common statewide assessment program for kindergarten must be designed to measure social and emotional development. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 4501

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