Maine's Worst Performing Schools

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Maine's Worst Performing Schools

Ten Maine schools just qualified for this new federal program. They've been labeled "persistently low-achieving schools" for the past three years, with low levels of math and reading proficiency and little or no improvement. That is the down side. The up side is that they will qualify to split $12 million in federal grants, along with getting assistance in creating specific action plans for improvement.
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So let me get this straight, if you are one of the ten worst schools in the state ... we are going to give you $1.2 million. This seems backwards to me. Should we not be rewarding the schools that are in the top 10 in the state? Here we are facing all these budget cuts facing hundreds of thousands of dollars and now a lot of this money will be replaced for these schools because they are failing the students they are supposed to educate. I know there are some strings with this money. Does that mean that the schools system can refuse the money and refuse to make the changes???

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These are the schools on the

These are the schools on the list:

Governor Longley Elementary in Lewiston
Riverton Elementary in Portland
Carrabec High School in North Anson
Deer Isle-Stonington High School
Hodgdon High School
Houlton High School
Lake Region High School in Naples
Livermore Falls High School
Madison Area High School
Sumner Memorial High in Sullivan.

Brent Dickey
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"U.S. News & World Report

"U.S. News & World Report identified Carrabec High School in 2007 as one of the 13 best schools in the state for having "college-ready" students.

Despite doubling the rate of students enrolled in postsecondary programs between 2004 and 2008, "Carrabec has continued to struggle with low SAT scores," Coville said."

Sentinel

Just from the article cited it sounds like districts have to apply for the grants. It will be interesting to see how much coverage this gets in the press and what Madison's reaction is. Interesting trivia...Madison HS principal and Anson/ N Anson's super (now middle school(?) principal) are husband and wife. Not reading anything into that in any way.

Mike Travers
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I thought incompetence was

I thought incompetence was its' own reward.

Steven Scharf
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Portland Press

Portland Press Herald
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
[b]10 schools branded as 'lowest-achieving' in Maine[/b]

A Portland school is among those now eligible for federal funds – if dramatic reform plans are made.
By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Education named the state's 10 "persistently lowest-achieving schools". . .

Riverton is among five Title I schools [who target title I funds to specific schools along with] Deer Isle-Stonington High School, Longley Elementary School in Lewiston, Houlton High School and Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan.

. . . [The other five who do not target title money to specific schools] are Carrabec High School in North Anson, Hodgdon High, Lake Region High in Naples, Livermore Falls High and Madison Area High School.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/10-schools-branded-as-lowest-achieving_2...

These are not all of the under performing schools, just the top ten. I saw a reference that I cannot find now, that the Feds are only funding 10 schools chosen even if there are additional schools that need help or are close on the scale of failure. The Maine DOE has no full list of school progress on their website.

As with the Central Falls High School situation, the remedies are dramatic and a school district MUST chose an option:

Under federal guidelines, schools must choose one of these reform models:
• Redesign or replace the staff.
• Convert to a charter school. (Maine law doesn't allow charter schools.)
• Transform through comprehensive reforms.
• Close and transfer students to higher-performing schools in the district.

I also saw in Kelley’s article yesterday but not here, is that replacing the staff includes the principal unless they had been at the school less than two years. It just so happens that former Riverton principal Jill Blackwood was bumped up to Assistant Superintendent two years ago, so her successor is not under threat of losing her job.

Yesterday’s article on this has a slightly different take on everything.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/Maines-10-lowest-achieving-schools-ident...

Steven Scharf
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Robert Reed
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Why not require real reform

Why not require real reform and not reform "plans" in order to get the money...

Roger Ek
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Governor Longley Elementary

Governor Longley Elementary in Lewiston
Riverton Elementary in Portland

There are only two elementary schools on the list. I know that Portland has at least 26 different "first languages" in the system. I expect that most of these people are situated in low income areas.

My next question would be to ask how many students from Africa attend the Lewiston school. When a neighborhood becomes flooded with aliens it is very difficult to make a school excel. The exasperated teachers can't properly meet the needs of students from the neighborhood, much less introduce the aliens to our system.

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Eligible for Title 1 money

Eligible for Title 1 money means low income population. Half of those schools on the list were eligible for Title 1 funding. Title 1 funding directly corresponds to the income level of the students. The money does not have to be spent only on low income students, but that percentage is what determines the funding amount. The correlation between low income and low achieving is strong enough to justify that calculation. The hard part it to get families to accurately report their income. I believe it is state-wide, as in our district, that reporting comes from how many apply for free or reduced lunch due to low income. Our school always encouraged anyone to put it down even if they chose not to partake in free lunch because of the eligibility of the Titles moneys.

Roger Ek
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Come September of this year

Come September of this year there will be a whole lot more families that qualify for free and reduced lunch at school in Maine. There are kids in Maine today who eat half their lunch and bring the other half home for their little brother who isn't in school yet.

Naran
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Golly - given this new grant

Golly - given this new grant situation, I can see the DOE and union newsletters now!

"Your School, Too, Can Become AN UNDERACHIEVER! Throw those test scores out the window, in Three Easy Steps! YOU, TOO, can qualify for massive Federal Funding! Call now, for YOUR free Illiteracy Kit, TODAY! 1-800-555- FAIL!!!"

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There are kids in Maine today

There are kids in Maine today who eat half their lunch and bring the other half home for their little brother who isn't in school yet.

Roger, would you mind citing this statement, please. Thnx.

Roger Ek
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Stated to me by a teacher. In

Stated to me by a teacher. In addition, we have schools in Maine sending home meals with kids so they can eat on the weekends. We do have welfare cheats in Maine. At the same time we have proud families who won't ask for help.

Dennis
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Sad to see my old High School

Sad to see my old High School on the list. Also hard to believe that our class has a 50th anniversery coming up this year.

Roger Ek
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Wife's 50th is this year. We

Wife's 50th is this year. We went to her 25th on a motorcycle, much to the astonishment of the class. She was the valedictorian and the last class member they thought would show up on a bike. This year we'll go to her 50th with a camper. That might also surprise them, but it shouldn't. Fifty years ago this spring she became the National Women's Archery Champion and the previous fall she got her buck with a bow.

It's sad what has happened to our schools and what the kids are prevented from learning in class. I had my eyes opened when I substituted in a junior high some 12 years ago. The second day I showed up with a copy of the Constitution in my shirt pocket. It was a six week stint substituting for a teacher who was out for surgery and recuperation. When that class graduated they invited me to their graduation. Take an interest in what is happening in Texas. It could affect all of us.

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I had to read the column a

I had to read the column a couple of times to make sure I was getting it straight, too. Maine needs school choice so parents could have the option of taking their children out of poorly preforming schools and sending them elsewhere.

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Look, folks, the political

Look, folks, the political reality is, the only way to get a law through Congress that purports to get tough on failing schools is to provide such schools with more resources (AKA money) to fund the mandated corrective actions.

I'd prefer Washington not be involved except as a clearinghouse for K-12 performance statistics available to all parents.
Then the fight would be at the state and local levels to enact legislation that allows more choice for parents and families.

But, ahem, as things stand, parents and families do have choices. They are at liberty to move into a district with better performing schools.
Low income people don't have that choice, some will say.
Okay, then, our system discriminates against those families by not granting them school choice.

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Waiting for government to fix

Waiting for government to fix public schools is a fool's errand. People do have choices already: move out of district, homeschool or private / parochial schools.

There are many philanthropic efforts that have been providing real school choice opportunities and scholarships for several years.

National Association of Independent Schools has a list of such organizations here.

National Catholic Education Association

Investing time, money and energy in these proven and time-tested efforts, rather than waiting for a political solution (school choice) or a state solution (NCLB, Charter schools) seems a more productive route.

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francisz I agree, but the

francisz I agree, but the issue always come back to what to do about the high failure rate among the disadvantaged (however defined).
Assuming such parents are motivated to explore the options you mention, they'd already be doing that, unless it's merely a lack of information standing in their way.
If school choice were to become the norm as a matter of public policy, then even among the disadvantaged the mind set about education would be, I am (my children are) in this school as a conscious decision; I (my children) want to be here, and want to do well enough to stay here.

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Mainemom, I do see the value

Mainemom,

I do see the value in school choice as a long -range political strategy and there is some evidence (Cato) that it will not only provide opportunity to certain precluded disadvantaged groups, but will also improve performance in the public schools themselves, a rising tide. But for families with school age children - now- it is not a viable option, and for those families I suggest the tactical and practical alternatives that are in place already. Alternatives for which there is no bar to prevent us from building and strengthening by private, voluntary, and "bottom-up" means instead of waiting for the "great solution" to come down from on high.

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What corrective actions do

What corrective actions do you "need to fund?"

It shouldn't cost much to fire incompetents, and if it does, you know who the enemy is.

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3/24/10 sad 29 ‘Failing

3/24/10
sad 29
‘Failing school’ funding rejected
Houlton speaks out against state label
By Jen Lynds BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — Heeding the advice of more than 120 taxpayers unhappy with their school being named one of the lowest achieving in the state, the SAD 29 board of directors has voted not to accept federal improvement dollars that come with the label.

At the same time, teachers, administrators and school board members attending a public hearing Monday night acknowledged that the school “can do better,” adding that they would keep working to help students improve.

http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/139656.html

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The Maine DOE released the

The Maine DOE released the ful list of school performance.

Below is the list based on bext worst to best on the 2008-09 Avg. % Math+ Read Scores (They have 2009 scores -- Don't know why they are not used.)

If they were going to pick the worst schools, why were the ones at the bottom not chosen. The asterick by the name are the schools chosen. For example Riverton School is 56th on the list.

Note the first two on the list went from the top of achievement to the worst performing. Data problem there?

School Name 2006-07 Avg. % Math+ Read 2007-08 Avg. % Math+ Read 2008-09 Avg. % Math+ Read

1 Jonesport-Beals High School 61.11% 38.89% 23.91%
2 Frenchboro Elementary School 70.00% 91.67% 25.00%
3 Livermore Falls High School* 25.92% 30.68% 25.34%
4 Penobscot Valley High School 45.19% 36.96% 25.47%
5 Carrabec High School* 28.71% 21.21% 25.55%
6 Upper Kennebec Valley Jr-Sr HS 20.00% 26.09% 26.37%
7 Sumner Memorial High School* 34.30% 31.06% 27.61%
8 Machias Memorial High School 15.93% 19.52% 27.96%
9 Governor James B. Longley Elem Sch* 26.79% 25.00% 28.57%
10 Shead High School 44.23% 22.73% 30.00%
11 Nokomis Regional High School 24.34% 37.13% 30.26%
12 Hodgdon High School* 29.31% 35.11% 30.85%
13 Georges Valley High School 43.20% 39.34% 31.25%
14 Governor Baxter School for the Deaf 62.59% 55.56% 31.82%
15 Deer Isle-Stonington High Sch.* 32.95% 24.09% 33.54%
16 Dirigo High School 27.85% 30.67% 33.57%
17 East End Community School 28.82% 29.65% 33.59%
18 Madison Area Memorial HS* 32.70% 37.50% 34.13%
19 Lake Region High School* 32.42% 35.68% 34.88%
20 Jay High School 28.70% 47.36% 34.95%
21 Lawrence High School 36.68% 41.79% 35.07%
22 Mountain Valley High School 30.30% 29.95% 35.16%
23 Van Buren District Secondary Sch 43.64% 44.94% 35.48%
24 Washburn District High School 35.97% 34.09% 35.97%
25 Dawn F. Barnes Elementary Sch 34.62% 38.33% 36.00%
26 Mattanawcook Academy 37.78% 34.76% 36.20%
27 Stearns High School 27.38% 33.96% 36.46%
28 Old Town High School 39.11% 39.50% 36.77%
29 Schenck High School 34.11% 30.65% 37.04%
30 Lewiston High School 35.85% 36.39% 37.18%
31 Penquis Valley High School 36.48% 44.65% 37.37%
32 Morse High School 40.57% 38.59% 37.47%
33 Skowhegan Area High School 33.25% 32.59% 37.63%
34 Sanford High School 36.91% 38.84% 37.69%
35 Leavitt Area High School 35.96% 37.26% 38.27%
36 Waterville Senior High School 44.62% 50.53% 38.88%
37 Massabesic High School 38.03% 41.71% 39.22%
38 Houlton High School* 41.64% 41.23% 39.37%
39 St. Francis Elementary School 44.23% 41.86% 39.47%
40 Westbrook High School 36.75% 43.45% 39.79%
41 Bucksport High School 28.08% 36.01% 39.99%
42 Piscataquis Community H. S. 25.20% 35.47% 40.20%
43 Narraguagus High School 28.18% 36.67% 40.38%
44 Gardiner Area High School 36.46% 41.81% 40.39%
45 Poland Regional H. S. 43.03% 44.90% 40.63%
46 Lisbon High School 33.04% 38.46% 40.68%
47 Mt. Abram Regional High School 31.16% 47.87% 40.79%
48 Meroby Elementary School 50.97% 46.35% 40.83%
49 Searsport District High School 20.90% 25.00% 41.00%
50 Mt. View High School 31.43% 32.54% 41.19%
51 Edward Little High School 38.64% 40.06% 41.20%
52 Madison Junior High School 40.04% 45.93% 41.51%
53 Sacopee Valley High Sch. 38.33% 34.82% 42.06%
54 Richmond High School 32.67% 32.69% 42.22%
55 Vanceboro Elementary School 33.33% 40.63% 42.31%
56 Riverton School* 40.96% 38.12% 42.48%
57 Bonny Eagle High School 42.28% 40.17% 42.49%
58 Deering High School 48.71% 46.93% 42.59%
59 Portland High School 33.84% 40.84% 42.68%
60 Brownville Elementary School 42.45% 44.74% 42.86%
61 Cony High School 37.94% 47.39% 42.96%
62 Brewer High School 43.17% 42.22% 43.01%
63 Medomak Valley High School 40.47% 40.99% 43.05%
64 Winslow High School 42.65% 45.12% 43.07%
65 Hermon High School 44.81% 46.77% 43.23%
66 Mt. Blue High School 40.12% 39.40% 43.30%
67 Ellsworth High School 32.92% 46.13% 43.41%
68 Central High School 32.67% 41.33% 43.54%
69 Rockland District High School 34.57% 47.06% 43.55%
70 Edmunds Consolidated School 55.43% 45.83% 43.62%
71 Woodland Jr-Sr High School 33.09% 43.81% 43.74%
72 Central Aroostook Jr-Sr H.S. 44.44% 53.40% 43.89%
73 Telstar High School 29.71% 57.14% 43.97%
74 Windham High School 41.37% 43.76% 44.07%
75 Caribou High School 36.23% 40.51% 44.15%
76 Dexter Regional High School 31.45% 30.17% 44.16%
77 Jonesboro Elementary School 58.75% 56.98% 44.44%
78 Kingman Elementary School 40.00% 50.00% 44.44%
79 Fort Kent Community High School 29.27% 39.75% 44.60%
80 Fort O'Brien School 24.39% 44.05% 44.64%
81 Maranacook Community High Sch 49.03% 50.67% 44.85%
82 Oak Hill High School 33.31% 35.97% 44.96%
83 Wisdom Middle High School 39.53% 43.44% 44.99%
84 Alexander Elementary 50.00% 43.90% 45.12%
85 Old Orchard Beach High School 26.04% 39.81% 45.14%
86 Messalonskee High School 38.73% 42.95% 45.24%
87 Montello School 41.83% 43.21% 45.32%
88 Katahdin Middle/High School 43.15% 47.47% 45.36%
89 Wiscasset High School 44.92% 45.14% 45.38%
90 Robbinston Grade School 34.62% 36.05% 46.08%
91 Gray-New Gloucester High School 44.87% 38.23% 46.18%
92 Greenville Middle/High School 51.56% 53.95% 46.34%
93 Margaret Chase Smith School 58.61% 51.83% 46.60%
94 North Haven Community School 63.24% 64.06% 46.77%
95 Denmark Elementary School 74.62% 56.92% 46.83%
96 Fred W. Morrill School 56.58% 42.86% 46.88%
97 Oxford Hills Comprehensive H. S. 34.43% 40.22% 47.24%
98 East Grand School 42.26% 37.27% 47.25%
99 Hall-Dale High School 45.83% 51.17% 47.28%
100 Calais Elementary School 52.33% 46.45% 47.35%
101 Walker Memorial School 60.13% 49.61% 47.44%
102 So. Aroostook CSD School 48.77% 51.19% 47.52%
103 Somerset Valley Middle School 41.00% 41.46% 47.65%
104 Medway Middle School 44.27% 39.12% 47.80%
105 Milo Elementary School 38.73% 49.64% 47.87%
106 Boothbay Region High School 43.08% 34.14% 47.89%
107 Presque Isle High School 50.57% 44.48% 48.12%
108 Central Middle School 45.72% 44.61% 48.18%
109 Mt. View Jr. High School 52.58% 51.83% 48.28%
110 Limestone Community School 34.86% 32.24% 48.46%
111 Orono High School 48.99% 55.98% 49.14%
112 Winthrop High School 53.98% 43.48% 49.31%
113 Vickery School 53.77% 44.59% 49.37%
114 Lawrence Jr. High School 55.10% 47.42% 49.73%
115 Lincoln Middle School 53.92% 54.84% 49.83%
116 Fort Fairfield Middle/High School 44.45% 47.83% 49.87%
117 Hampden Academy 52.66% 51.76% 49.89%
118 Ashland Community High School 43.73% 48.20% 50.00%
119 Chelsea Elementary School 53.35% 49.70% 50.00%
120 Kermit S. Nickerson School 61.43% 54.41% 50.00%
121 Lee/Winn School 44.85% 52.54% 50.00%
122 Miles Lane School 45.97% 60.17% 50.00%
123 Mt. Jefferson Jr. High School 48.78% 52.87% 50.00%
124 Troy Central School 47.92% 52.46% 50.00%
125 Robert W. Traip Academy 50.30% 38.50% 50.05%
126 Calais Middle/ High School 42.05% 51.22% 50.16%
127 Millinocket Middle School 52.74% 45.29% 50.36%
128 Caribou Middle School 58.39% 56.70% 50.47%
129 Morse Memorial School 43.26% 55.92% 50.68%
130 Quimby Elementary School 43.75% 55.07% 50.71%
131 River View Community School 54.17% 53.55% 50.75%
132 Noble High School 43.19% 50.83% 50.84%
133 Mt. Ararat High School 48.27% 47.29% 50.89%
134 Eagle Lake Elem/Jr High School 38.24% 51.64% 50.94%
135 James Otis Kaler Elementary School 60.40% 56.19% 51.01%
136 Nobleboro Central School 46.90% 53.53% 51.09%
137 Harmony Elementary 51.06% 50.00% 51.59%
138 Rumford Elementary 55.74% 49.24% 51.64%
139 Albert S Hall School 51.68% 51.26% 51.91%
140 Waterville Junior High School 52.08% 52.12% 52.05%
141 Lewiston Middle School 54.59% 49.90% 52.22%
142 Monmouth Academy 50.00% 50.68% 52.24%
143 Carrie Ricker Middle School 47.28% 47.54% 52.26%
144 Hichborn Middle School 55.43% 52.22% 52.29%
145 Lubec Consolidated School 36.81% 56.62% 52.41%
146 Woodland Elementary School 46.32% 54.76% 52.47%
147 Swans Island Elementary School 32.50% 61.76% 52.63%
148 South Portland High School 45.77% 48.17% 52.77%
149 Se Do Mo Cha Middle School 50.88% 52.14% 53.13%
150 Dexter Middle School 59.66% 55.75% 53.14%
151 East Belfast School 35.12% 48.94% 53.19%
152 Albion Elementary School 53.26% 43.26% 53.26%
153 Miller School 50.37% 46.49% 53.38%
154 Readfield Elementary School 58.62% 46.46% 53.54%
155 Marion C. Cook School 62.35% 60.00% 53.85%
156 Fort Street School 65.69% 68.28% 53.98%
157 Kennebunk High School 52.86% 57.45% 54.01%
158 Katahdin Elementary School 57.08% 56.03% 54.09%
159 Maranacook Community Middle Sch 59.19% 52.72% 54.18%
160 Washburn School 50.00% 56.34% 54.26%
161 Carrabec Community School 41.00% 42.86% 54.35%
162 Lincoln School 52.69% 55.79% 54.55%
163 Mt. View Elementary School 62.07% 64.84% 54.71%
164 Winslow Junior High School 59.46% 60.00% 54.71%
165 Agnes Gray School 46.62% 49.35% 54.86%
166 Washburn District Elem School 45.36% 52.00% 55.06%
167 Waldo T. Skillin Elementary School 59.56% 47.92% 55.08%
168 Jay Middle School 47.62% 55.44% 55.12%
169 Orland Consolidated School 59.17% 59.24% 55.15%
170 Caravel Middle School 54.02% 49.26% 55.56%
171 Mildred L. Day School 57.36% 63.67% 55.62%
172 Oxford Elementary School 43.51% 46.78% 55.66%
173 T. W. Kelly Dirigo Middle School 51.69% 52.69% 55.68%
174 Cape Cod Hill Elem. School 55.41% 52.50% 55.70%
175 Wales Central School 45.04% 40.83% 55.71%
176 Canaan Elementary School 62.61% 63.64% 55.77%
177 Washington Street School 52.15% 44.44% 55.80%
178 Richmond Middle School 51.82% 52.83% 55.98%
179 Forest Hills Consolidated School 52.00% 54.90% 56.04%
180 Athens Elementary School 54.76% 53.45% 56.11%
181 Mt. Desert Island High School 49.69% 55.87% 56.11%
182 Gorham High School 56.40% 57.29% 56.12%
183 Newburgh Elementary School 69.24% 60.00% 56.25%
184 Biddeford Middle School 49.42% 53.56% 56.33%
185 Oxford Hills Middle School 46.99% 48.17% 56.34%
186 Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School 48.90% 55.18% 56.37%
187 Mountain Valley Middle School 47.34% 43.51% 56.50%
188 Madawaska Elementary School 63.85% 58.27% 56.52%
189 Sebasticook Valley Middle School 51.76% 59.31% 56.76%
190 Sedgwick Elementary School 60.87% 61.68% 56.76%
191 East Range II CSD School 62.50% 60.87% 56.82%
192 Bloomfield Elementary School 45.07% 47.37% 56.85%
193 Warsaw Middle School 46.77% 47.43% 56.92%
194 Jefferson Village School 50.90% 56.47% 56.99%
195 Helen Thompson School 61.11% 57.08% 57.26%
196 Teresa C. Hamlin Elem School 56.06% 61.61% 57.29%
197 Manchester Elementary School 57.07% 54.74% 57.35%
198 Molly Ockett Middle School 56.50% 55.80% 57.36%
199 Lyman Moore Middle School 54.76% 56.16% 57.37%
200 Buckfield Jr-Sr High School 52.76% 47.98% 57.38%
201 Islesboro Central School 70.00% 56.12% 57.45%
202 Jonesport Elementary School 60.71% 56.00% 57.46%
203 Rangeley Lakes Regional School 52.31% 51.77% 57.51%
204 Whitefield Elementary School 54.64% 51.06% 57.58%
205 Marshwood High School 51.01% 56.50% 57.60%
206 Fred C. Wescott School 51.18% 57.96% 57.83%
207 Dexter Primary School 57.84% 50.22% 57.92%
208 Bonny Eagle Middle School 58.24% 57.60% 57.94%
209 Farrington School 60.54% 55.69% 58.01%
210 Windsor Elementary School 51.42% 52.45% 58.15%
211 Cave Hill School 57.27% 62.93% 58.16%
212 Brunswick High School 51.04% 57.82% 58.22%
213 Livermore Elementary School 57.70% 59.20% 58.24%
214 Piscataquis Community Middle Sch 56.56% 58.48% 58.30%
215 Bucksport Middle School 53.23% 57.95% 58.44%
216 Searsport District Middle School 49.68% 50.35% 58.44%
217 Thomaston Grammar School 49.19% 57.38% 58.47%
218 Dr. Lewis S Libby School 49.54% 53.43% 58.51%
219 Cascade Brook School 57.57% 57.27% 58.77%
220 Presumpscot School 51.84% 56.48% 58.80%
221 Unity Elementary School 64.58% 59.26% 58.82%
222 Bangor High School 53.89% 55.35% 58.83%
223 Frankfort Elementary School 43.14% 50.00% 58.89%
224 Freeport High School 62.05% 55.91% 58.91%
225 Palermo Consolidated School 49.02% 60.20% 58.95%
226 Madawaska Middle/High School 58.18% 54.43% 58.97%
227 Mt. Blue Middle School 60.90% 60.43% 58.99%
228 Hartford-Sumner Elementary School 52.30% 55.61% 59.01%
229 Gardiner Regional Middle School 51.92% 51.52% 59.04%
230 Stevens Brook School 61.00% 65.55% 59.06%
231 Academy Hill School 63.88% 63.05% 59.16%
232 Prescott Memorial School 46.88% 55.00% 59.29%
233 Lafayette School 51.61% 57.69% 59.38%
234 Sabattus Central School 52.23% 51.96% 59.38%
235 Livermore Falls Middle School 51.46% 60.21% 59.41%
236 Turner Primary School 60.53% 54.69% 59.42%
237 Etna-Dixmont Elementary School 53.31% 54.80% 59.48%
238 Rockland District Middle School 49.05% 56.29% 59.51%
239 Pembroke Elementary School 50.70% 51.54% 59.52%
240 Beals Elementary School 65.71% 65.63% 59.62%
241 George J. Mitchell School 49.66% 58.96% 59.64%
242 Warren Community School 55.46% 55.03% 59.64%
243 Bath Middle School 56.16% 56.23% 59.65%
244 Howard C. Reiche Community Sch 50.20% 46.24% 59.69%
245 Biddeford Primary School 50.51% 54.76% 59.82%
246 Monhegan Island School 41.67% 62.50% 60.00%
247 Wesley Elementary School 21.43% 57.14% 60.00%
248 Park Avenue Elementary School 59.25% 55.49% 60.11%
249 Peninsula CSD School 66.67% 66.02% 60.27%
250 Fort Kent Elementary School 56.73% 59.74% 60.29%
251 South Hiram Elementary School 46.71% 59.38% 60.47%
252 Mountain View School 59.83% 51.18% 60.57%
253 South School 59.23% 57.92% 60.59%
254 Garrett Schenck Elementary 46.49% 45.83% 60.61%
255 Camden Hills Regional H. S. 50.17% 58.49% 60.68%
256 Perry Elementary School 60.98% 51.32% 60.71%
257 Willard School 58.69% 62.76% 60.78%
258 Helen S. Dunn Elementary School 40.76% 49.46% 60.84%
259 Morison Memorial School 55.21% 52.67% 60.89%
260 Downeast School 70.93% 56.48% 60.91%
261 New Sweden Consolidated School 64.29% 60.38% 60.91%
262 Houlton Southside School 64.39% 68.18% 61.05%
263 Greene Central School 41.07% 48.36% 61.09%
264 Skowhegan Area Middle School 42.20% 53.28% 61.15%
265 Trenton Elementary School 52.41% 45.27% 61.18%
266 Wells High School 48.81% 57.08% 61.18%
267 Corinna Elementary School 63.27% 61.67% 61.19%
268 Charles A. Snow School 64.36% 51.53% 61.22%
269 Union Elementary School 61.40% 57.97% 61.25%
270 Daniel F. Mahoney Middle School 62.23% 62.11% 61.27%
271 Lake Region Middle School 58.08% 62.58% 61.32%
272 Monmouth Middle School 59.54% 61.88% 61.32%
273 State Street School 69.19% 63.90% 61.41%
274 Thomas J. McMahon Elementary Sch 52.96% 49.79% 61.43%
275 Monroe Elementary School 51.16% 55.13% 61.54%
276 Emerson School 48.72% 55.21% 61.63%
277 Ashland Central School 68.20% 64.04% 61.64%
278 Marcia Buker School 52.94% 57.46% 61.64%
279 Captain Albert W. Stevens School 51.46% 57.14% 61.72%
280 Wiscasset Primary School 61.17% 63.59% 61.76%
281 Andover Elementary School 62.07% 62.00% 61.90%
282 Auburn Middle School 56.66% 60.40% 61.97%
283 Somerville Elementary School 44.00% 50.00% 62.00%
284 Elm Street School 64.15% 59.46% 62.15%
285 Penobscot Elementary School 63.54% 66.00% 62.22%
286 Troy A. Howard Middle School 54.18% 60.43% 62.22%
287 Dr. Levesque Elementary School 64.04% 59.57% 62.23%
288 Airline Community School 64.58% 60.42% 62.50%
289 Connor Consolidated School 35.71% 47.73% 62.50%
290 Vinalhaven School 61.63% 51.35% 62.61%
291 Sherwood Heights Elementary Sch 65.28% 52.89% 62.62%
292 Palmyra Consolidated School 68.33% 67.65% 62.79%
293 China Primary School 63.55% 56.93% 62.81%
294 Farwell Elementary School 62.66% 61.56% 62.81%
295 Brooklin School 43.75% 60.00% 62.82%
296 Acton Elementary School 63.80% 61.76% 62.83%
297 Otisfield Community School 56.52% 58.44% 62.99%
298 Memorial Middle School 60.83% 63.87% 63.14%
299 Eric L. Knowlton School 63.04% 62.44% 63.24%
300 Phillips Elementary School 50.48% 61.34% 63.24%
301 Fisher-Mitchell School 56.34% 58.55% 63.25%
302 Exeter Consolidated School 55.00% 53.92% 63.33%
303 Guy E. Rowe School 50.64% 58.64% 63.33%
304 Presque Isle Middle School 59.48% 59.31% 63.44%
305 Poland Community School 58.59% 61.61% 63.45%
306 Baldwin Consolidated School 60.13% 46.25% 63.64%
307 Harrington Elementary School 70.24% 58.43% 63.64%
308 Hartland Consolidated School 51.02% 70.21% 63.64%
309 Line Elementary 52.52% 61.34% 63.70%
310 Wallagrass Elementary School 73.17% 72.83% 63.83%
311 Biddeford Intermediate School 54.19% 57.04% 64.02%
312 Suzanne M. Smith Elementary School 48.56% 51.09% 64.04%
313 Walton School 55.56% 46.85% 64.05%
314 Philip W. Sugg Middle School 53.36% 53.58% 64.10%
315 H. B. Emery Jr. Memorial School 64.29% 54.91% 64.21%
316 Steep Falls Elementary School 72.22% 33.82% 64.29%
317 Houlton Junior High School 52.01% 59.70% 64.32%
318 Jordan-Small Middle School 55.25% 59.32% 64.32%
319 Princeton Elementary School 54.84% 65.64% 64.38%
320 Fort Fairfield Elementary School 56.25% 61.95% 64.53%
321 Winslow Elementary School 62.09% 57.53% 64.53%
322 Charlotte Elementary School 67.50% 70.37% 64.58%
323 Edna Drinkwater School 50.00% 47.83% 64.58%
324 Noble Middle School 63.49% 66.80% 64.69%
325 Teague Park School 59.28% 54.52% 64.81%
326 Tripp Middle School 60.78% 68.49% 64.89%
327 Loranger Middle School 61.98% 66.42% 65.09%
328 Clinton Elementary School 48.13% 59.42% 65.12%
329 Newport Elementary School 73.15% 71.89% 65.24%
330 Paris Elementary School 60.10% 61.69% 65.28%
331 Scarborough High School 64.83% 62.36% 65.30%
332 Samuel L. Wagner Middle School 57.23% 61.92% 65.36%
333 Easton Junior-Senior High Sch 59.38% 59.80% 65.38%
334 Waterford Memorial School 52.70% 57.05% 65.38%
335 Martel School 56.25% 59.52% 65.56%
336 Saco Middle School 58.90% 64.93% 65.75%
337 George E. Jack School 54.98% 56.05% 65.76%
338 Vivian E. Hussey Primary 71.17% 63.29% 65.85%
339 Daniel W. Merritt School 76.83% 70.16% 65.87%
340 Phippsburg Elementary School 60.98% 66.67% 65.91%
341 China Middle School 50.60% 60.19% 65.94%
342 Milbridge Elementary School 67.19% 57.86% 65.97%
343 Opal Myrick Elementary School 63.38% 61.81% 65.97%
344 Hall-Dale Middle School 56.96% 57.18% 66.01%
345 Sylvio J. Gilbert School 47.27% 51.62% 66.05%
346 W. G. Mallett School 58.52% 57.73% 66.05%
347 Cornville Elementary School 54.08% 54.00% 66.13%
348 Messalonskee Middle School 58.22% 67.62% 66.13%
349 C. K. Burns School 60.94% 63.18% 66.20%
350 Lisbon Community School 46.00% 58.45% 66.20%
351 Nickerson Elementary School 57.45% 61.46% 66.30%
352 Brewer Middle School 62.58% 71.82% 66.50%
353 Brunswick Jr. High School 65.71% 68.24% 66.55%
354 Dresden Elementary School 54.63% 64.41% 66.67%
355 Leeds Central School 58.96% 53.63% 66.67%
356 Lyman Elementary School 57.65% 58.27% 66.67%
357 Margaret Chase Smith School-Sanford 73.84% 76.25% 66.67%
358 Patrick Therriault School 55.00% 55.56% 66.67%
359 Wellington School 90.00% 94.44% 66.67%
360 Telstar Middle School 50.40% 49.92% 66.75%
361 Sanford Jr. High School 60.49% 67.03% 66.77%
362 Harrison Elementary 54.24% 57.59% 66.82%
363 Leroy H. Smith School 63.24% 60.25% 67.05%
364 Benton Elementary School 69.88% 68.79% 67.07%
365 Stockton Springs Elementary Sch 53.49% 68.92% 67.11%
366 Lura Libby School 75.36% 77.87% 67.21%
367 Central School 80.58% 71.05% 67.37%
368 Dedham School 71.65% 73.56% 67.45%
369 Fred P. Hall School 59.93% 63.17% 67.46%
370 New Suncook School 72.12% 71.05% 67.55%
371 Appleton Village School 61.80% 68.48% 67.65%
372 Hancock Grammar School 61.19% 67.39% 67.66%
373 Jordan Acres School 58.97% 62.72% 67.70%
374 Jameson Elementary School 71.67% 71.88% 67.72%
375 Shapleigh Middle School 63.34% 73.11% 67.72%
376 Wayne Elementary School 65.28% 66.13% 67.74%
377 Center Drive School 65.73% 65.81% 67.83%
378 Winthrop Middle School 63.54% 70.00% 67.89%
379 Bay Ridge Elementary 67.74% 68.10% 67.95%
380 Mt. Ararat Middle School 68.17% 64.00% 68.09%
381 Frank I. Brown Elementary School 58.65% 59.72% 68.25%
382 Frank Jewett School 66.00% 64.84% 68.27%
383 Eva Hoyt Zippel School 71.16% 69.76% 68.55%
384 Hermon Middle School 55.29% 64.06% 68.59%
385 Ames Elementary School 62.29% 58.47% 68.75%
386 Boothbay Region Elem School 66.67% 67.50% 68.83%
387 Pownal Elementary School 59.53% 61.90% 68.83%
388 Granite Street School 55.33% 53.48% 68.92%
389 Congin School 62.54% 65.24% 69.02%
390 St. George School 52.40% 62.59% 69.12%
391 Vassalboro Community School 65.41% 69.56% 69.21%
392 Ella P. Burr School 54.69% 53.78% 69.25%
393 King Middle School 64.32% 70.26% 69.27%
394 Raymond Elementary School 62.40% 61.40% 69.34%
395 Beech Hill School 63.64% 74.60% 69.40%
396 Shapleigh Memorial School 56.54% 57.92% 69.44%
397 Se Do Mo Cha Elementary School 69.73% 67.01% 69.47%
398 Henry L. Cottrell School 70.65% 58.82% 69.49%
399 Bruce M. Whittier Middle School 52.92% 58.02% 69.66%
400 Veazie Community School 73.79% 70.51% 70.09%
401 Hollis School 55.31% 57.10% 70.18%
402 Gray-New Gloucester Middle School 58.55% 69.81% 70.29%
403 Holden School 77.87% 75.86% 70.29%
404 Williams Elementary School 74.56% 73.30% 70.43%
405 Enfield Station Elementary School 65.63% 62.59% 70.59%
406 Elm Street School 68.18% 65.92% 70.63%
407 Samuel D. Hanson 66.05% 58.33% 70.80%
408 Woodside Elementary School 69.29% 71.62% 70.85%
409 Woolwich Central School 69.41% 72.99% 70.85%
410 Belgrade Central School 77.04% 72.60% 71.07%
411 Oxford-Cumberland Canal School 63.82% 77.23% 71.16%
412 Alfred Elementary School 60.17% 68.10% 71.25%
413 York High School 61.21% 73.48% 71.39%
414 Alton Elementary School 50.00% 70.69% 71.43%
415 Bristol Consolidated School 63.76% 54.17% 71.48%
416 Minot Consolidated School 69.21% 71.68% 71.51%
417 Crescent Park School 62.19% 63.45% 71.53%
418 Windham Middle School 60.95% 65.58% 71.80%
419 Burchard A. Dunn School 62.69% 67.19% 71.82%
420 Guilford Primary School 55.74% 68.89% 71.82%
421 Coffin School 66.89% 69.21% 71.96%
422 Old Town Elementary School 69.49% 66.36% 72.22%
423 Glenburn Elementary School 67.61% 67.08% 72.24%
424 St. Albans Consolidated 86.36% 72.92% 72.34%
425 Eliot Elementary School 75.63% 84.38% 72.44%
426 Southport Central School 88.89% 86.11% 72.50%
427 Fayette Central School 71.67% 74.29% 72.58%
428 Carmel Elementary School 57.01% 69.47% 72.83%
429 Leonard Middle School 67.46% 68.94% 72.85%
430 Holbrook School 61.80% 70.33% 72.89%
431 Carl J. Lamb School 65.02% 68.78% 73.06%
432 Hebron Station School 65.13% 72.54% 73.08%
433 Woodstock School 76.92% 75.00% 73.08%
434 Lebanon School 64.43% 67.84% 73.11%
435 Manchester School 60.14% 63.64% 73.21%
436 Great Salt Bay Community School 69.90% 70.51% 73.39%
437 Lillian Parks Hussey School 73.01% 73.94% 73.49%
438 Mt. Desert Elementary School 81.96% 72.73% 73.53%
439 Freeport Middle School 66.98% 68.50% 73.65%
440 Sebago Elementary School 59.62% 68.83% 73.68%
441 Hall-Dale Elementary School 66.55% 71.77% 73.78%
442 Mattanawcook Jr. High School 74.44% 75.30% 73.79%
443 Easton Elementary School 64.52% 68.25% 73.85%
444 Waterboro Elementary School 60.16% 68.01% 73.87%
445 Williams-Cone School 70.14% 65.38% 73.98%
446 Wiscasset Middle School 67.37% 67.45% 74.05%
447 Woodland Consolidated Sch 68.81% 72.22% 74.14%
448 Village Elementary School 68.18% 63.04% 74.22%
449 Dayton Consolidated School 66.67% 70.62% 74.23%
450 Stratton Elementary School 63.38% 70.78% 74.26%
451 Georgetown Central School 89.11% 89.47% 74.29%
452 Rose M. Gaffney School 68.45% 69.21% 74.29%
453 Kingfield Elementary School 62.95% 68.69% 74.30%
454 Lincolnville Central School 66.54% 65.14% 74.31%
455 James F. Doughty School 66.53% 68.04% 74.38%
456 Vine Street School 81.63% 76.14% 74.47%
457 Harrison Lyseth Elem School 80.42% 75.83% 74.51%
458 Ella Lewis School 63.89% 57.75% 74.55%
459 Gorham Middle School 67.55% 71.39% 74.73%
460 Longfellow School 77.43% 73.55% 74.86%
461 Eddington School 69.87% 73.13% 75.00%
462 Fruit Street School 74.19% 85.62% 75.00%
463 Lamoine Consolidated School 56.80% 71.51% 75.00%
464 Songo Locks School 61.76% 56.25% 75.00%
465 Fairview School 76.76% 77.41% 75.09%
466 Turner Elementary School 59.51% 66.47% 75.11%
467 Jay Elementary School 62.50% 60.10% 75.15%
468 Longfellow School 76.65% 75.35% 75.45%
469 Eastport Elementary School 77.28% 70.00% 75.47%
470 Abraham Lincoln School 76.32% 72.09% 75.53%
471 Madison Elementary School 48.77% 49.21% 75.81%
472 Drowne Road School 77.78% 79.30% 75.89%
473 Benjamin Wentworth Intermediate 75.34% 78.77% 75.95%
474 Surry Elementary School 66.23% 78.47% 76.09%
475 Dora L. Small Elementary School 74.63% 69.32% 76.16%
476 Pemetic Elementary School 71.52% 77.56% 76.27%
477 Windham Primary School 72.62% 66.95% 76.29%
478 Fairmount School 74.32% 74.44% 76.30%
479 Brooksville Elementary School 65.79% 71.43% 76.46%
480 Greely High School 71.20% 69.11% 76.50%
481 Mapleton Elementary School 71.03% 69.80% 76.53%
482 Durham Elementary School 69.36% 69.79% 76.56%
483 Marshwood Middle School 69.19% 72.12% 76.58%
484 Bowdoinham Community School 68.14% 69.00% 76.67%
485 West Bath School 61.11% 69.05% 76.81%
486 Mast Landing School 68.80% 65.56% 76.88%
487 Cushing Community School 60.71% 70.37% 76.92%
488 Harpswell Islands School 65.54% 57.58% 76.92%
489 Winthrop Grade School 80.73% 80.37% 77.34%
490 Mt. Vernon Elementary School 68.25% 57.63% 77.36%
491 Houlton Elementary School 64.15% 63.79% 77.38%
492 Cherryfield Elementary 80.11% 72.60% 77.42%
493 James H. Bean School 70.00% 66.96% 77.67%
494 East Auburn Community School 62.86% 61.43% 77.70%
495 Mill Pond School 63.54% 72.05% 77.75%
496 Owls Head Central School 74.51% 77.50% 77.84%
497 South Bristol Elementary School 70.18% 78.30% 77.88%
498 Searsport Elementary 53.61% 62.75% 77.98%
499 Reeds Brook Middle School 75.31% 76.84% 78.01%
500 George B. Weatherbee School 75.53% 79.05% 78.10%
501 West Harpswell Elementary School 80.49% 81.82% 78.21%
502 Scarborough Middle School 77.95% 76.30% 78.28%
503 Moscow Elementary 56.94% 54.17% 78.33%
504 Tremont Consolidated School 68.39% 74.43% 78.42%
505 Whiting Village School 65.91% 61.76% 78.57%
506 Rockport Elementary School 81.55% 79.76% 78.71%
507 Edna Libby Elementary School 69.41% 60.00% 78.75%
508 Friendship Village School 71.43% 74.55% 78.85%
509 Conners-Emerson School 76.84% 79.51% 79.35%
510 Pittston Consolidated School 45.68% 67.65% 79.49%
511 Mary Snow School 74.08% 77.19% 79.60%
512 North Berwick Elementary School 67.00% 78.83% 79.71%
513 Camden-Rockport Middle School 75.93% 75.57% 79.85%
514 Asa C. Adams School 72.93% 77.61% 80.00%
515 Falmouth High School 79.54% 78.92% 80.00%
516 Hudson Elementary School 55.17% 72.12% 80.21%
517 Bowdoin Central School 71.93% 71.88% 80.29%
518 Wells Elementary School 83.65% 79.74% 80.59%
519 Middle School of the Kennebunks 79.27% 85.53% 80.64%
520 York Middle School 76.24% 76.69% 80.81%
521 William S. Cohen School 77.25% 82.16% 80.85%
522 Marshwood Great Works School 72.86% 76.80% 81.52%
523 Wells Junior High School 74.89% 79.33% 81.55%
524 Pond Cove Elementary 83.74% 84.13% 81.76%
525 Blue Hill Consolidated School 76.47% 79.07% 81.91%
526 Hope Elementary School 73.37% 77.59% 81.91%
527 Cape Elizabeth High School 80.48% 85.29% 82.56%
528 Yarmouth High School 79.67% 79.40% 82.60%
529 Greely Middle School 79.08% 79.80% 82.94%
530 Hermon Elementary School 74.19% 75.57% 83.10%
531 Strong Elementary School 63.43% 70.34% 83.61%
532 Dyer Elementary School 83.94% 86.06% 83.85%
533 Adams School 70.51% 80.69% 84.52%
534 Kennebunk Elementary School 80.87% 91.59% 85.55%
535 Coastal Ridge Elementary 83.33% 83.97% 85.63%
536 Frank H. Harrison Middle School 83.62% 82.56% 85.63%
537 Cape Elizabeth Middle School 80.16% 83.51% 85.69%
538 Orono Middle School 79.37% 84.56% 86.11%
539 Yarmouth Elementary School 80.93% 83.49% 88.32%
540 Sea Road School 89.46% 87.48% 88.43%
541 Fourteenth Street School 72.73% 90.63% 88.64%
542 Chebeague Island School 77.78% 57.14% 88.89%
543 North Yarmouth Memorial School 86.55% 83.52% 89.30%
544 Falmouth Middle School 85.14% 86.94% 90.03%
545 Solon Elementary School 71.21% 82.26% 90.28%
546 Embden Elementary School 82.81% 74.19% 90.74%
547 Stetson Elementary School 68.75% 77.27% 90.91%
548 Nathan Clifford School 72.22% 72.06% 91.00%
549 Cornish Elementary School 75.63% 77.14% 91.43%
550 Viola Rand School 79.59% 78.00% 92.39%
551 Peaks Island School 72.22% 87.50% 92.86%
552 Plummer-Motz School 93.27% 90.28% 92.90%
553 Edgecomb Eddy School 77.55% 84.78% 93.75%
554 Kennebunkport Consolidated Sch 98.18% 91.50% 96.33%
555 ME School of Science and Math 97.30% 95.95% 98.15%

Good to see MSSM is the best of the group considering the money we spend on the 140 hand picked students (but it is not a charter school).

Steven Scharf
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pmrmsm
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Four Oxford Hills schools did

Four Oxford Hills schools did not make adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to the latest student test results presented to the school district Board of Directors on Monday night.
Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris... math and reading
Oxford Hills Middle School in Paris... reading
Oxford Elementary School... reading for special education
Rowe Elementary School in Norway... economically disadvantaged group in math

Sun Journal

You know when the list came out in the spring of schools that were not making the grade, the schools were scattered all over the state. I have no idea how many schools are in this district, but this not a good indicator of things to come for them. I hope they have time to turn it around before they go through what we went through...the only difference would be, they are looking at four schools and not one. Bottom line is they are looking at a total revamp of their curriculum.

There is some irony here...a lot of our sports teams from Lake Region have been getting riveted pretty hard by some of the other schools they play against for being on that list, Oxford Hills being one of them. I would hope our players show them a little humility of been there, done that...type of thing instead of throwing it back in their faces. Showing them that Lake Region has better sportsmanship than what Oxford Hills may have had.

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Below is the list based on

Below is the list based on bext worst to best on the 2008-09 Avg. % Math+ Read Scores (They have 2009 scores -- Don't know why they are not used.)

Pretty simple, if you want to get better scores, you need to start teaching to the test. Teachers need to accept this new way of thinking. If students are most important in this debate, then any teacher who resists student grade improvements being tied to their teaching skills; clearly does not have the students best interest at heart.

Naran
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Our own district, RSU 21, is

Our own district, RSU 21, is currently spending some $14K PER STUDENT annually, supposedly for a "world class education." That's according to our school board and administration.

If that were truly the case, you'd expect to see ALL of the area schools in the top 100 on the list. (ie, in the range of #500 and up).

Instead, we have the dismal distinction of our high school occupying #157, and our "new" consolidated school, Mildred Day in Arundel, at #171.

Here's the list, from best to worst:

Consolidated School in Kennebunkport -- #554
Sea Road School -- #540
Kennebunk Elementary School -- #534
Middle School of the Kennebunks -- #519
Mildred Day School of Arundel -- #171
Kennebunk High School -- #157

Here's the irony -- Consolidated, which is consistently far above our other schools on scores, is in the worst condition of any of the facilities in the district. Despite the bleatings from the Education Empire, throwing money at a situation isn't the best predictor of educational success.

matt8888
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Our own district, RSU 21, is

Our own district, RSU 21, is currently spending some $14K PER STUDENT annually, supposedly for a "world class education." That's according to our school board and administration.

If elected gov, LePage wants a 5th year of high school. So for RSU 21, Kennebunk high school I took the population of the 10th grade class as an example because they would be the first to see the 5th year of school.

Sooo... $14,000 per student x 226 students = $3,164,000 additional costs for the 5th year just for Kennebunk.
$3,164,000 divided by 5,000 (or so) paying property owners = $632 per owner, per year.

Yes, I know its more complicated than that, and it would be the mil rate, but you get the idea how expensive this 5th year of high school is for taxpayers. In a nut shell, Kennebunk would need to get an extra $3.2 million dollars from tax payers per year.

I like LePage better than Mitchell, but not this 5th year of high school thing.

francisz
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I hadn't heard of the 5th

I hadn't heard of the 5th year proposal, and think instead a better option is for school districts that fail to prepare students for college level work to reimburse the parents/guardians or students themselves for any remedial classes they need at the school (university, college or community college) of their choice, pending admission.

Why tack on another year at a school that is already failing the student, or, worse, has issued or intends to issue a fraudulent diploma?

Yup, it'll cost the districts some money, and it should.

Roger Ek
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JUst do away with pre-K and

JUst do away with pre-K and the cost is a wash. Net savings would be that the first year of community college or university would be complete at a far lower cost than the university. You see? We can save on education.

francisz
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JUst do away with pre-K and

JUst do away with pre-K and the cost is a wash

That would work.

pmrmsm
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Now if we hold students back

Now if we hold students back that don't make the grade that would be better than a five year plan for high school...wait a minute here...if the teachers were doing their jobs and if a student does not meet the standards for all their classes, then they should be held back or go through some sort of summer school to catch up if it is only just one class that is holding them back. Then there would be no need for a five year high school and no need for a mandatory SAT to graduate as some students are going into the military and have no need for a SAT.

If kids are going to be held back because they can't make the grade, then so be it...there is no need for a five year high school plan which will only add more costs to the tax payers...they already have to pay more when these kids fail and have to repeat a grade as it is...why do we need to keep adding on more years of high school? This isn't going to accomplish anything except adding on more expense. If the kids want an Associates Degree then let them go to college and let them pay for it, don't pass it off onto us as it will only cheapen the Associates Degree down to a High School Diploma at some point down the road.

charlie neville
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Why are 4 years of high

Why are 4 years of high school required? I quit high school, joined the military and got my GED. To get into college I took a 20 minute test, it was graded while I waited and I was allowed to register. I graduated 5 years later.

charlie

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