Equity & Excellence in Maine Schools

Maine 8th Graders Ranked 9th in Science & 13th in Math in the World

In the top 20

8th Grade Science

In the top 10

In a recent study, states were compared to the rest of the world in a test of Mathematics and Science.

8th Grade Math

In the top 20

In the top 10

To improve Maine's standing we must address the equity gaps. The nations that are excelling are those that have remedied the educational opportunity gaps and equity of school funding.

The achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families is 30 to 40 percent larger among children born in 2001 than among those born 25 years earlier.

8th Grade Math Proficiency

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185,738 students currently enrolled in Maine public Schools from Pre-K to 12

50.6% of students receiving Free or Reduced Lunch

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93,983 students

Closing the achievement gap means closing the opportunity gap with wrap-around services to ensure that all children are safe, healthy, fed and have access to high quality teaching, curriculum, and welcoming schools.

Achievement gaps for most disadvantaged children begin before they start school and widen throughout their educational careers. The number of Maine children in poverty has doubled since 2000.

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Sources: http://www.pressherald.com/news/Maine_near_the_top_in_math_and_science_scores_worldwide_.html http://dw.education.maine.gov/DirectoryManager/WEB/Maine_Report/StudentNeedDT.aspx No Child Left Behind Maine State Report Card Data Created by Christopher Ross for Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools http://usm.maine.edu/eems