The Maine DOE is recognizing 21 schools across the state for their high performance or progress as measured by the State’s federally required accountability system.
As part of Maine’s approved application for flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA or No Child Left Behind), the State received a waiver to implement its own plan to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps and increase the quality of instruction through the implementation of its own tiered statewide system of support. By reviewing annual progress and student proficiency, schools are placed into one of five categories: priority, focus, monitor, progressing and meeting, allowing the Department to most intensively target support to the schools that need it most.
Just as Maine’s system allows the Department to identify schools that most need improvement support, it also recognizes those showing the greatest levels of improvement and performance.
These 21 so-called reward schools have demonstrated high progress or achieved great performance toward meeting State and federal accountability standards for reading 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.
As the Maine DOE continues to raise expectations for all 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.
Nearly two-thirds of the reward schools have more than 50 percent of their students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch (FRL), proving that all students are capable of achieving academic success when schools put in place the appropriate supports and strategies to help them overcome challenges.
The reward schools are as follows:
|High Performance Reward Schools|
|Augusta Public Schools||Farrington School (66.5 percent FRL)|
|Edgecomb Public Schools||Edgecomb Eddy School (45.2 percent FRL)|
|Fayette Public Schools||Fayette Central School (35.4 percent FRL)|
|Otis Public Schools||Beech Hill School (39.4 percent FRL)|
|RSU 02||Dresden Elementary School (57 percent FRL)|
|RSU 05||Durham Community School (23.7 percent FRL)|
|RSU 16||Minot Consolidated School (39.7 percent FRL)|
|RSU 55/MSAD 55||South Hiram Elementary School (69.7 percent FRL)|
|RSU 44/MSAD 44||Woodstock School (56.8 percent FRL)|
|RSU 37/MSAD 37||Daniel W Merritt School (66.2 percent FRL)|
|York Public Schools||Coastal Ridge Elementary (21.7 percent FRL)|
|RSU 64/MSAD 64||Bradford Elementary School (66.3 percent FRL)|
|High Progress Reward Schools|
|Beals Public Schools||Beals Elementary School (48.5 percent FRL)|
|RSU 01 – LKRSU||Dike-Newell School (55.6 percent FRL)|
|RSU 20||Edna Drinkwater School (65.4 percent FRL)|
|RSU 37/MSAD 37||Harrington Elementary School (65.9 percent FRL)|
|RSU 64/MSAD 64||Kenduskeag Elementary School (50 percent FRL)|
|RSU 12||Palermo Consolidated School (45 percent FRL)|
|RSU 64/MSAD 64||Stetson Elementary School (53.5 percent FRL)|
|RSU 83/MSAD 13||Upper Kennebec Valley Senior HS (100 percent FRL)|
|Whiting Public Schools||Whiting Village School (56.7 percent FRL)|
For more information about the performance or progress of Maine schools, visit the Department’s public education Data Warehouse.