Chiefs for Change Congratulates Maine on A-F School Grades

May 01

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Maine Department of Education released the first-ever A-F school grades for Maine public schools. The grades are part of the school performance grading system announced by Governor Paul LePage during this year’s State of the State address. The new grading system is based on several factors, including student achievement, growth in achievement, the performance and growth of the bottom 25 percent of students, and graduation rates for all high schools.

Chiefs for Change, an organization of chief state education officers committed to putting children first through visionary education reform, released the following statements:

“We congratulate Maine for increasing transparency and accountability among its public schools with the roll-out of their first-ever A-F school grades. An A-F school grading system is essential in shining a light on opportunities to grow, celebrating excellence and rallying support for the schools that need it most – all with the sole purpose of improving education for all students,” said Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary and Chair of Chiefs for Change.

“Maine has taken an important step in raising expectations in the state. When Florida first implemented A-F grades, the state quickly discovered that an ‘A’ grade is a powerful motivator. Fourteen years later, schools continue to work hard to earn an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade, and those who succeed work even harder to keep their good grades,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. “The grading system provides clear, easy-to-understand information to educators, parents and the community at large while allowing best practices to be shared statewide.”

“By implementing an A-F school grading system, Maine will not only raise accountability, but will also garner the type of community engagement necessary to improve education in the state. In Oklahoma, the A-F Report Card Grading System has created valuable dialogue between parents, community partners and educators relating to best practices to increase student achievement in their local schools,” said Janet Barresi, Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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