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Redefining School Success: Maine Education Leaders Seek Community Input In Meeting Student Needs


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