Support & Supervision
The General Supervision System (GSS) manages and oversees the needs of children with disabilities ages birth to 20, as required by the federal Office of Special Education programs. GSS assumes the following responsibilities:
- State Performance Plan (SPP). This accountability mechanism for states and school administrative units (SAUs) provides a measureable indication of Maine's performance in specific statutory priority areas of IDEA. Each year, the state is obligated to report its progress toward the targets set in the SPP in an Annual Performance Report.
- Policies, Procedures & Effective Implementation. States must have policies, procedures and effective implementation of practices that are aligned with and support the implementation of IDEA.
- Data on Processes & Results. When data are used for decision-making about program management and improvement, the Maine DOE will engage in data collection and verification; examination and analysis; reporting of data; status determination; and progress toward improvement.
- Targeted Technical Assistance & Professional Development. Facilities can implement technical assistance and capacity-building activities at varying levels (local, regional, statewide meetings) and through multiple means (websites, documents, coaching, mentoring, and trainer of trainers).
- Effective Dispute Resolution. The timely resolution of complaints, mediations and due process actions is required for complaint dispute resolutions.
- Integrated Monitoring Activities. Multiple data sources and methods must be used to monitor every SAU in the state. Integrated on-site and off-site monitoring activities ensure Maine's capacity to identify and correct noncompliance and facilitate improved performance.
- Fiscal Accountability. The Department is required to provide oversight in the distribution and use of IDEA funds at the state and local level.
The Office of Special Services is responsible for children with disabilities ages three to 20 (Part B). If you would like information for children with disabilities ages to birth to two (Part C), please visit our Child Development Services web page.