Maine DOE recognizes reward schools

Last summer, the Department received approval for an accountability waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This waiver provides flexibility in meeting federal accountability requirements by allowing Maine to implement its own tiered statewide system of support.

By reviewing annual progress and student proficiency, schools are placed in one of five categories: priority, focus, monitor, progressing and meeting, allowing us to most intensively target support to the schools that need it most.

In the months since, the Department’s team of Title I school improvement consultants have been working closely with the 19 priority and 35 focus schools that were identified, assisting them with a comprehensive review of needs and with developing improvement plans.

Just as Maine’s system allows our Department to identify schools that most need improvement support, it also recognizes those showing the greatest levels of improvement and performance. Through this process, we are pleased to announce that 19 schools have been named as a High Progress Reward School and 20 as a High Performance Reward School (see the list of distinguished schools below).

These 39 schools have consistently demonstrated high progress or achieved great performance toward meeting State and federal accountability standards for English language arts and mathematics. Schools identified as High Progress Reward Schools are among the highest 15 percent of Title I schools with the greatest levels of progress over three years while High Performance Reward Schools have met all annual targets and are also performing within the highest 15 percent of Title I schools.

This month, I’ll be sending these schools letters of congratulations and certificates of achievement, and in addition to that acknowledgement, our Department intends to invite them over the coming year to share their strategies and innovative practices that are resulting in high achievement for students. With enrollments ranging from 31 to 573 students and the majority of reward schools having a poverty rate of 50 percent or higher, we believe these schools have best practices to share for supporting disadvantaged learners.  Representatives from Reward schools will also be invited to participate in various advisory groups and will be invited to provide training sessions at statewide conferences and regional workshops.

On behalf of the entire Department, I want to congratulate these schools and encourage their entire school communities to take great pride in their accomplishments. As we continue to raise expectations for all Maine students, these schools provide an example of the excellence that results where there is a shared commitment to effective, learner-centered instruction; great teachers and leaders; and multiple pathways for learner achievement.

I also want to thank the staff at these schools for believing in all of their students and putting the place the supports kids need to succeed. Keep up the great work!

High Progress Reward Schools

Alexander Public Schools     Alexander Elementary
RSU 54/MSAD 54                 Bloomfield Elementary School
RSU 25                                   Bucksport Middle School
RSU 87/MSAD 23                Carmel Elementary School
RSU 12                                   Chelsea Elementary School
Caswell Public Schools         Dawn F Barnes Elementary School
MSAD 27                                Eagle Lake Elem/Jr High School
Scarborough Public Schools  Eight Corners Elementary School
RSU 20                                   Gladys Weymouth Elem School
RSU 23                                   Governor John Fairfield School
Jonesport Public Schools      Jonesport Elementary School
RSU 64/MSAD 64                  Kenduskeag Elementary School
RSU 11/MSAD 11                  Laura E Richards School
RSU 25                                   Miles Lane School
Princeton Public Schools      Princeton Elementary School
RSU 68/MSAD 68                  Se Do Mo Cha Middle School
RSU 55/MSAD 55                  South Hiram Elementary School
RSU 61/MSAD 61                  Stevens Brook School
MSAD 27                                 Wallagrass Elementary School

High Performance Reward Schools

Beals Public Schools              Beals Elementary School
Otis Public Schools                 Beech Hill School
Blue Hill Public Schools          Blue Hill Consolidated School
RSU 54/MSAD 54                  Canaan Elementary School
York Public Schools               Coastal Ridge Elementary
Bar Harbor Public Schools     Conners-Emerson School
RSU 37/MSAD 37                  Daniel W Merritt School
RSU 37/MSAD 37                  Harrington Elementary School
Jefferson Public Schools        Jefferson Village School
RSU 20                                   Kermit S Nickerson School
Augusta Public Schools          Lillian Parks Hussey School
RSU 16                                   Minot Consolidated School
Nobleboro Public Schools      Nobleboro Central School
RSU 24                                   Peninsula School
RSU 58/MSAD 58                  Phillips Elementary School
RSU 11/MSAD 11                  Pittston Consolidated School
Cape Elizabeth Public Schools           Pond Cove Elementary
Portland Public Schools                      Presumpscot School
Whiting Public Schools                       Whiting Village School
Winthrop Public Schools         Winthrop Grade School

4 thoughts on “Maine DOE recognizes reward schools

  1. Schools were notified of their status throughout the fall of 2013 and the list has been published on our website since January.

  2. Rose,

    In short, schools identified as High Progress Reward Schools are among the highest 15 percent of Title I schools with the greatest levels of progress over three years while High Performance Reward Schools have met all annual targets and are also performing within the highest 15 percent of Title I schools.

    You can read the other specific requirements starting on page 64 in our waiver application to the US DOE here:

    Please note this accountability system only applies to our Title I schools (about two-thirds of Maine schools).

  3. I am interested in the criteria used to determine how a school can be identified as a high performance reward school. Thanks

  4. When did schools that were in the “meeting” category originally get recognized?

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