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Maine Public School Efficiency Profiles
Improvement begins with good information about a school and its performance. School Efficiency Profiles provide each Maine school and its community with a quick overview of their students' academic performance on the annual statewide assessments, and the school's return on spending. This information may provide a foundation for understanding where a school is currently, which in turn may lay a foundation for discussions about what the goals should be in the future.
School efficiency is defined by a set of six criteria, four based on student academic performance and two based on the return on spending. High schools' efficiency also includes graduation rate as a fifth academic performance criterion. In order to meet a criterion, the school's score must be greater than the comparison score. The efficiency data used in developing these profiles is from three years: 2008 - 2010. Please note that it was not possible to develop profiles for some schools because of missing data.
What determines a school's efficiency profile? First, to be considered more efficient, a large majority of students in a school should be performing well. A school's two-year average scale score in the state assessments must be: (1) above the state average; and (2) better than expected given students' characteristics and academic performance in earlier grades. Additionally, the percent of students in a school; (3) meeting the state proficiency standards must be better than the state average; and (4) the percent of students at least partially meeting the state standards must be better than the state average. For high schools, there also is a graduation standard; performing well means a high school's graduation rate is above the state average.
Second, for a school to be considered more efficient it must be achieving a higher return of spending. School spending per pupil must yield higher academic performance. And the return on spending must be (5) better than the state average, and (6) better than may be expected given prior student performance and community characteristics.
Schools and their communities are encouraged to use this information as one way of examining the school's performance. We hope these profiles are useful in providing information about your school and helpful as you discuss future goals and strategies for improvement. Schools and communities should also keep in mind that the data for a school may have changed in more recent years, and many factors should be considered in assessing a school. School comparisons may be different using other measures.
Schools are listed alphabetically with MEDMS number following name.