Commissioner’s Update – October 24, 2013

From the Maine DOE

Last week, we released the statewide results from the 2012-13 Maine High School Assessment (MHSA).

The good news? Proficiency in math and reading is on the rise again in our high schools, suggesting students are better prepared for success in college and their careers.

Most notable was the nearly 2 percent increase in the number of tested students who achieved proficiency or above in critical reading, up from 47.2 percent in 2011-12 to 48.9 percent in 2012-13, with 8.6 percent of those students exceeding proficiency standards. The percentage of students who tested proficient or above in math also showed a positive uptick, from 47.2 percent in 2011-12 to 48.1 percent in 2012-13, with a record high 4.7 percent of those students exceeding proficiency expectations.

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Chief Academic Officer Rachelle Tome gives interview to Bangor TV crew.Maine DOE Chief Academic Officer Rachelle Tome talks to a Bangor TV crew last week in the Department’s school improvement data room about Maine’s positive assessment results. | More

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