Governor Paul LePage and I held a press conference this week to discuss the results of a recent Harvard University education study, which found that Maine’s NAEP test scores have barely moved over the past two decades.
While Maine still ranks 12th in the nation (down from third in 1992), Maine had the second lowest gains of the 41 states in the study.
It’s like a student gets a D-plus in a class of D’s and F’s. He may be at the top, but we should not say he’s doing OK.
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been in schools across Maine where there are innovative ideas and new approaches being undertaken and great work is happening. But we have a long way to go.
The governor and I unveiled the ABC plan, the Department’s new initiative to improve achievement growth in Maine by prioritizing three core areas: Accountability, Best Practices, and Choice. With Maine’s educators on board, we can start working toward substantial change in our schools this fall and ensure that all students receive educations that leave them college- or work-ready.
Learn more about Maine’s results in the Harvard University study and read my remarks from the press conference.
— Stephen Bowen