Seeking School Highlights for School Report Cards

The Maine Department of Education is requesting the assistance of school principals in the development of the new 2017-2018 School Report Cards that will be publically released later this year as part of the rollout of Maine’s Model of School Support and the Every Student Succeeds Act. The highlights will appear in the School Report Card along with other school data and information, as part of a two-page graphical snapshot which may be viewed online or printed as a PDF for distribution.

A “School Highlights” section will be included on the Report Cards to provide the opportunity for schools to emphasize elements of which they are especially proud. Some examples that have already been submitted include: college credit programs, specific athletic programs, active parent groups, school resources officers, gifted and talented programs, special projects, Job’s for Maine Graduates Programs, mentoring programs, chorus and band, student clubs, specific facilities and learning spaces, after-school programs, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports systems, attendance programs, hands-on learning opportunities, and much more.

The Maine Department of Education will be reaching out to principals via email asking them to submit their school highlights in an online survey. The data collection survey tool provides a list of categories with examples of possible responses. Schools may choose to create their own categories in the provided “Other” selection. Up to four categories will be available for submission.

School highlights will be due to the Department by October 5, 2018. Please share this information with the principals in your district.

For further questions and information contact Maine DOE Assessment and Accountability Data Coordinator Penny Henry at Penny.L.Henry@maine.gov.