The Maine DOE sent district contacts the following resources during the release of the Maine School Performance Grading System. Feel free to amend these documents for your school and to distribute these handouts to parents and community members.

  • Communications Toolkit (PDF, 178KB). Administrators may reference this kit when preparing to address the public regarding their school's letter grade.
    • Sample Press Release (MS Word, 660KB). Districts and schools can adapt this press release for local use after the Maine DOE has officially released A-F report cards to the public.
    • Sample Parent Letter (MS Word, 660KB). Districts and schools also can manipulate this sample letter to parents and communities.
  • Education Data Warehouse. Search for your school or district report card through the new Education Data Warehouse, which provides multi-year, detailed information about Maine schools. You may also compare a specific school to others throughout the state using a wide range of measures.



  • Overview. Why we’re doing it and how we came up with the system we did.
  • Questions & Answers. Answers to many of the questions we anticipate superintendents, parents and community members will have.
  • Making the Grade: Using data to support Maine schools. Suggestions for educators and parents on how to make best use of the report cards.
  • Methodology. This provides information about each of the data points. It does not include the scoring or how scores translate into grades. That will come in the final days before the public release. We want you to have time to digest and understand the grading system without the pressures of public release of the grades – or all of the information that would allow someone to calculate the grades.


Online Presentations

  • Webinar: A-F Grading - A Conversation with Maine Teachers. Originally presented Thursday, May 16, 2013. An online forum featuring Commissioner Stephen Bowen, Chief Academic Officer Rachelle Tome, and Bill Hurwitch, Director of the State Longitudinal Data System. Teachers from throughout Maine were invited to join a discussion focusing on next steps, as well as longer-term solutions aimed at improving school performance.