Programs and Curriculum
The Assistant Superintendent is responsible for several academic programs and legal compliance matters including overarching supervision of curriculum, instruction, assessment practices, new staff inculcation, and academic policy development. The office provides support to faculty, parents, and students.
Biddeford School Department accepts funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, amended in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
Title IA supports programs and resources for disadvantaged students. Title IA funding is designed to aid districts in closing the achievement gap by placing highly qualified teachers in classrooms and by providing supplemental services to students. Funds are available to school districts and schools based on a measure of poverty. All elementary schools in Biddeford run Title IA school-wide programs. Title IA funds can be combined with state, local, and other federal funds to serve all students in the school.
Federal law requires that a portion of Title IA funds be set aside to engage parents as partners in education, provide services to homeless youth, ensure that all teachers of core subjects meet the federal definition of highly qualified, and provide equitable services to eligible youth in private schools within the district.
Parent Involvement: Parents are encouraged to participate in regular and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring
that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school; and
that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child.
Homeless: The district must reserve funds for homeless children who do not attend participating Title I schools and may, for instance, provide support services to children in shelters and other locations where homeless children live. Services should be provided to assist homeless students to effectively take advantage of educational opportunities.
Highly Qualified: Teachers of core academic subjects in all schools must meet the state’s criteria for being highly qualified.
Private Schools: Title IA funds are set aside to provide Title IA eligible students at eligible private schools the educational services deemed equitable to services they would receive in their neighborhood public schools.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Applications, and Performance Reports are on file in the Office of the Superintendent and are available for public review. Public comments for the NCLB Application are always welcomed. Please contact the Director of Instruction Mandy Cyr, Biddeford School Department, 18 Maplewood Ave, 04005.
Notice To Parents As Required By ESEA (Elementary & Secondary Education Act):
Parents have the right to request the professional qualifications of their child's teacher. Parents interested in accessing the professional qualifications of a teacher should make the request in writing to the Director of Instruction, Mandy Cyr, Biddeford School Department, 18 Maplewood Ave, 04005.
Title IIA provides resources for improving teacher and principal quality focused on preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers and principals. Additionally, equitable resources must be provided to eligible private schools to address the professional learning needs of the staff.
Title III provides resources to assist English proficiency and student academic achievement of children who are limited English proficient; and providing high-quality professional development to classroom teachers, principals, and administrators involved in their education.
Maine Department of Education hosts the ESEA Dashboard (https://www.maine.gov/doe/dashboard).
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that all school districts and schools make available annual school and district report cards to parents and communities that include data on student achievement, educator qualifications, and per-pupil expenditures.
We are pleased to share this information with our parents and community and welcome your support and involvement in helping to improve the performance of our students and our schools.
All ESEA report cards are now housed within the ESEA Dashboard. The ESEA Dashboard is available here: https://www.maine.gov/doe/dashboard.
ESEA Reports for 19-20 Suspended–COVID
ESEA 2018-2019 Dashboard
ESEA 2018-2019 Report
ESEA 2017-18 Dashboard
ESEA 2017-18 Report
NCLB 2016-17 Report
NCLB 2015-16 Report
Additional Resources for Faculty and Families:
Curriculum Committee Resources
Professional Lending Library
About Reinventing Schools
Chapters and Chatters Series
New Staff Seminar Schedule
Teacher Evaluation System
Curriculum Resources for Faculty