Maine releases public school report cards with mostly Cs

(NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Department of Education released the grades for Maine public schools Thursday.

The new grading system is on an A to F scale. Fifty schools received A grades, 71 schools received B grades, 267 C grades, 84 D grades and 65 F grades.

The grades are based on math and reading proficiency and student growth and graduation rates. However, the superintendent of Bangor Public Schools said there are several other influences on the external grading system that people should keep in mind.

"The letter grade is based on a one time high stakes standardized test that in the past two years has been administered in the month of October," Superintendent Betsy Webb said. "So when students enter the schools in September, they have about three to four weeks before they take this test."

Click for more information about the school GRADES.

Gov. LePage's administration implemented the new grading system last year. The Maine Education Association has criticized the new system, saying it uses old data and does not take into account English Language Learners. However, the governor's administration has said the scale is easier for parents to understand.


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