Majority of Maine Schools at, Below Average Under New Grading System

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Three-quarters of the state’s schools received a grade of C or lower under a new ranking system unveiled by the Maine Department of Education on Wednesday.

Only 10 high schools, most of them in southern Maine, received an A grade.

While there has been widespread resistance to the idea, which some have called a punitive oversimplification of a school’s quality, the LePage administration has billed the grades as a simple and accessible way to reward high-performing schools and help educators and communities rally around the rest. Maine is the 14th state in the nation, along with New York City, to implement a school grading system.

Superintendents across the state blasted the grading system as overly simplistic, “myopic and senseless.”

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