Our school recently received its new letter grade from the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) as part of the new Maine School Performance Grading System.
This grade reflects several factors, including math and reading proficiency of all students, growth factors that compare test results from multiple years as well as growth in the 25 percent lowest performing students (for elementary schools), and graduation rates (for high schools).
Our letter grade is important for several reasons. Though it should be seen in light of a complete context and is one measure of our performance, it shows areas in which we are doing well, and it highlights areas in which we need to improve. The information provided in the report card is clear cut and is available to you online through the Education Data Warehouse beginning some time today at www.maine.gov/doe/datawarehouse. Of course, one grade doesn’t tell the whole story. We hope the grade will add to our community discussion about how to constantly improve our school—regardless of where it falls on the grading scale.
Mt. Ararat High School has received a B based on the calculation developed by the MDOE. I will provide parents more detail in the parent mailing scheduled for around May 15.
Although I’m not entirely supportive of this new grading system, I am very impressed with our results. The positive results are a testament to: (a) our commitment to continuous improvement, (b) our commitment to our students in the lower quartiles, and (c) our desire to create a school where we are concerned about the wellbeing, academic, and social growth of each child.