PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some of Maine's top businesses are teaming up with education leaders to get more people to go to college.
The group called Educate Maine says we lag far behind the rest of New England in the number of people who get some kind of education and training after high school.
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Educate Maine says student performance needs to improve, from primary grades right through high school. So they've published a list of ten indicators of student performance and educational achievement. The Educate Maine leaders say that by 2023, they want to see half of the state's worker have completed some post-secondary education, preferably a college degree. They say realizing that goal is critical to having the kind of skilled and educated workforce Maine needs to attract more business and jobs.
The President of Southern Maine Community College said today the changes have to be made. He said test results show nearly half of Maine's graduating seniors do not have the basic English and math skills to do college level work.
These issues have been raised many times over the years, but Educate Maine says it's members will stay focused on the ten year plan and work to make sure Maine schools and students improve.