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ERIC Number: ED511366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-16
Pages: 63
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
High School Accreditation in Maine: Perceptions of Costs and Benefits. Penquis Superintendents' Association Research Report
Fairman, Janet; Peirce, Brenda; Harris, Walter
Center for Research and Evaluation
This report presents the findings of an exploratory study conducted by the Center for Research and Evaluation during the summer and fall of 2009, which focuses on perceptions of the costs and benefits of the accreditation process for high schools in Maine. The study was commissioned by the Penquis Superintendents' Association, a professional organization in mid-Maine. The findings from this study indicate that while local schools continue to value the benefits of the accreditation process, there is growing concern about the ability of school districts to meet the financial cost for accreditation. Schools are also questioning whether their teachers can manage the workload of accreditation on top of other pressing state and federal mandates, and to what extent the accreditation work overlaps with or provides additional information that is not included in state or federal accountability efforts. Appendices include: (1) List of education stakeholder groups included in interviews; (2) List of colleges and universities included in interviews; (3) Interview protocol for high school interviews; (4) Interview protocol for education stakeholder groups ; and (5) Interview protocol for college admissions interviews. (Contains 3 tables.)
Center for Research and Evaluation. College of Education and Human Development, University of Maine, 5766 Shibles Hall, Orono, ME 04469. Tel: 207-581-2493; Fax: 207-581-9510; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Maine, Center for Research and Evaluation
Identifiers - Location: Maine