Press Release: Maine Department of Education Partners with Company to Provide ESSA Compliant Parent Notification Software for Parent and Family Engagement


To help with new Parent and Family Engagement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to meet the civil rights obligations of schools in working with Limited English Proficient (LEP) and English Learner (EL) families across the state of Maine, leaders in the Maine Department of Education are partnering with TransACT® Parent Notices to provide all 266 local education agencies representing thousands of schools and teachers with unlimited access to expertly written parent notifications that meet legal requirements and guidance on required audiences, and recommended timelines.

“Compliance with federal education laws, when applied correctly, is one of many tools that educators and administrators have to promote student growth and achievement,” says Director of ESEA Federal Programs, Janette Kirk. “By partnering with TransACT to provide cost-effective compliance resources, the Maine Department of Education is helping educators save time and money on effective communications with families and interventions for students.”

TransACT Parent Notices is an online subscription service which provides over 6,000 local education agencies and several State Departments of Education with federally compliant parent notifications and guidance in multiple languages. For over 20 years, TransACT has provided education agencies with notifications that are written by current and former education administrators with experience in federal programs, and then legally reviewed where applicable by ESEA (ESSA) legal experts. Providing this service across the state reduces the amount of time and money that individual schools or districts need to spend creating, legally reviewing and translating the same federally required documents repeatedly. TransACT Director of Key Accounts and Relationships, Jesse Markow, formerly of WIDA remarked that “TransACT is excited by the opportunity to work with the educators of the State of Maine to leverage cost-effective online access to legally compliant parent notifications in multiple languages in support of parent involvement and student achievement."

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Alyssa Thornley has spent her career working to support schools and communities in providing opportunity to all students. In positions as a teacher, professional development coordinator, and as a volunteer, she has focused on the community’s role in education, and in designing efficient programs that work for diverse needs. Alyssa leads TransACT’s customer engagement and market strategy efforts, and works to ensure innovative programs, guidance, and thought leadership from across the country’s districts are being shared and spread.