Through many federal mandates, our country has long relied on test scores to objectively define school success. But what does “success” mean for students, teachers and families? Maine schools are working to shift away from emphasizing assessments and standardized tests as isolated measures of success, instead making way for a more holistic approach to learning and gauging students’ readiness as global citizens of the future.
Page Nichols, chief innovation officer, Maine Department of Education
Heather Whitaker, alternative education teacher, Gorham Middle School; Maine 2020 Teacher of the Year
Todd Finn, superintendent, Lewiston Public Schools
Emanuel Pariser (by phone), co-director of education, academic program developer, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences in Hinckley
Chelsey Fortin-Trimble (by phone), ESEA federal programs specialist, Maine Department of Education
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- Changing Requirements Bring Maine Schools To A Crossroads
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- ED.gov: What is ESEA?
- ED.gov: Every Student Succeeds Act
- Maine went all in on ‘proficiency-based learning’ — then rolled it back. What does that mean for the rest of the country?
- ‘Strategies to Help Diverse Students Thrive’ focus of Educate Maine and Maine State Chamber policy brief