It’s been a busy week at Maine DOE as we released the first A-F report cards for each of the state’s schools as part of the new Maine School Performance Grading System. Now that we have a usable and understandable benchmark of where schools are, the real work begins!
The initiative focuses on continuous improvement through transparency, parent engagement and a renewed focus—not just by those of us in the education community but by all Mainers—on making all of our schools better for all of our students. Just as parents lean in when their child receives an F and encourage the good work to continue when they earn an A, we hope to see the same in response to the grades received by schools. We at Maine DOE look forward to the constructive conversations ahead.
Expect to hear more from us in the coming weeks about A-F and the resources we can bring to bear to help expand the many promising practices we see in action already in so many Maine schools. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn more about A-F grading and visit our new online data center to dig deeper beyond the letter grades.