Maine School Performance Grading System

The State of Maine introduced the Maine School Performance Grading System in May 2013 so students, parents, taxpayers and others could easily understand how their schools are doing, just as report cards help parents understand how their kids are doing.

The goal of this A-F school grading system is to provide a starting point, with simple, easy-to-understand information for parents. Administrators should also be prepared to explain their school’s performance to their communities. No one score or grade tells the whole story of a school. That’s why the grading system is based on several factors, including student achievement in reading and math, growth/progress in achievement, and, in particular, the performance and growth of the bottom 25 percent of students (for elementary schools) and the graduation rate (for high schools).

We encourage parents and others to dig deeper by visiting the Education Data Warehouse, which contains multi-year, detailed information about each school and provides the ability to compare a school to others using a wide range of measures. After checking the data, get involved by asking informed questions of your school and district administrators.