Published Online: January 3, 2006

Maine's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 662
Public school teachers 17,621
Pre-K-12 students 202,084
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $1.9 billion
Minority students 4.2%
Children in poverty 17%
Students with disabilities 16.6%
English-language learners 1.4%

Summary of Grades

Maine earns lower-than-average scores in three of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The state performs more poorly than the average state in standards and accountability. In particular, Maine lags behind in the area of standards, where the American Federation of Teachers has rated only its science standards as clear, specific, and grounded in content at all three grade spans.

Maine ranks close to the bottom of the nation for its efforts to improve teacher quality. There is considerable room for improvement in linking initial licensure and more advanced certification to assessments for prospective and veteran teachers. The state also has few measures in place to hold schools and teacher-preparation programs accountable for teacher quality.

The state ranks among the top states on measures of school climate, scoring particularly well in the areas of school size and school facilities. The percentage of the state’s students attending smaller schools is among the highest in the nation. Maine also tracks the condition of all school facilities and provides support for capital outlays or construction.

Maine’s grade in resource equity is slightly lower than average. Its coefficient-of-variation score, for example, falls close to that of the average state. This means that Maine has a moderate degree of disparity in per-pupil funding levels across districts in the state.

State Policy Report Card
Maine Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability C B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality D C+
School climate B C+
Resource equity C- C
Overall Grade C C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 27.5 40
Assessment 22.5 30
School accountability 24 30
74 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 24.85 35
Teacher assessment 19.5 30
Professional support and training 14.25 20
Accountability for teacher quality 7.5 15
66 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 12 15
School safety 18.33 20
Parent involvement 13.05 15
Choice and autonomy 12.5 20
Class size 8.33 10
School size 10 10
School facilities 10 10
84 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 25 33.3
McLoone Index 20.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 24 33.3
70 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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