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Fairman, Janet; Johnson, Amy; Mette, Ian; Wickerd, Garry; LaBrie, Sharon – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2018
The Maine Legislature requested the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) to conduct an assessment of standardized testing in Maine schools to understand the amount, cost, and usefulness of it. This report summarizes the resulting effort, which included a literature scan, document analysis, and surveys of two groups of school…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Educational Assessment, Educational Benefits, Screening Tests
Stump, Erika; Doykos, Bernadette; Brache, Maria Rios – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2018
In the 127th Maine State Legislative Session, "An Act to Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council" (S.P. 660 -- L.D. 1627) was passed into law as Chapter 489. This amended the chaptered law passed in 2012, "An Act to Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy" (S.P.439 -- L.D.1422),…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Requirements, Academic Achievement, State Standards
Johnson, Amy; Stump, Erika – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2018
In 2012, the Maine legislature passed a bill requiring public school districts to implement proficiency-based high school diploma requirements. Amendments were passed in subsequent years, and several additional bills related to this policy were introduced in the most recent 128th Legislative Session in early 2018. These bills were considered by…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Requirements, Competency Based Education, Program Implementation
Stump, Erika; Fairman, Janet; Doykos, Bernadette; Fink, Paul – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2017
In the 127th Legislative Session, "An Act to Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council" (S.P. 660 - L.D. 1627) was passed into law as Chapter 489 amending the chaptered law "An Act to Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy" (S.P.439 - L.D.1422) passed in 2012 requiring Maine school…
Descriptors: State Legislation, High School Graduates, Academic Achievement, Graduation Requirements
Fallona, Catherine; Johnson, Amy – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2017
As requested by the Maine Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) has conducted a study with the purpose of examining current research and evidence-based policies related to teacher credentialing systems. The goal is to inform revisions to Maine's current…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Credentials, Teacher Certification, Educational Change
Stump, Erika; Johnson, Amy; Jacobs, Cathy – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2017
Document review and interviews were conducted with college admissions' personnel to gather data regarding alignment of proficiency-based diploma systems and college eligibility and entry requirements. In addition, leaders and representative personnel from and Maine businesses and the U.S. military were interviewed to identify postsecondary career…
Descriptors: Special Education, Career Education, Technical Education, Interviews
Fairman, Janet; Johnson, Amy; Eberle, Francis – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2017
Part I summarizes key topics of federal education policy articulating accountability requirements for state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs, or school districts). In that section we describe major goals of the legislation and which components are the same or changed in the federal law. The findings are grouped into…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Accountability, State Departments of Education
Johnson, Amy F. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2016
College readiness remains a large policy challenge for both K­-12 schools and higher education institutions. Students who need to pursue remedial coursework before being able to enroll in introductory college requirements face financial and logistical challenges that create barriers to degree progression. In an effort to gain additional…
Descriptors: Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Enrollment, Outcomes of Education
Johnson, Amy F.; Hopper, Fleur; Sloan, James E. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2016
In 2015, the Maine State Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs commissioned the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) to study the state's Essential Program and Services (EPS) K-12 education funding model in relationship to the funding for Maine's two virtual charter schools. The study was initiated…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Virtual Classrooms, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2015
The Commission to Study the Adequacy and Equity of Certain Cost Components of the School Funding Formula was created in legislation crafted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education of the 126th Legislature (the "Education Committee"). The legislation was enacted as Resolve 2014, chapter 114. Creation of the Commission is the latest…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, School Funds, Costs, Educational Equity (Finance)
Silvernail, David L.; Johnson, Amy F. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2014
The goal of this Brief was to compile and analyze the available evidence of the impacts of public charter schools on students and schools. Using a series of five common claims made by proponents and opponents of public charter schools as an organizer, the existing empirical evidence was reviewed. The analysis revealed that student performance in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Academic Achievement, Traditional Schools
Silvernail, David L.; Linet, Sarah R. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2014
The goal of this study was to: (1) identify challenges faced by Maine school districts in providing high quality public education; (2) describe the magnitude of the challenges; and (3) identify areas where school districts were experiencing some success in meeting these challenges. The School Districts Challenge Survey was distributed online to…
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Education, Educational Quality, Barriers
Silvernail, David L.; Sloan, James E.; Paul, Chelsea R.; Linet, Sarah R. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2014
This Research Brief describes the results of an exploratory study of the development and potential uses of a set of college readiness measures for Maine high schools. The study was designed to: (1) explore the viability of creating a series of school-level college readiness indices; (2) examine the relationships between the indices and other…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Indexes, High School Students, High Schools
Stump, Erika K.; Silvernail, David L. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2014
Following the passage of No Child Left Behind, there has been increased attention among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners on the emergence and implementation of standards-based education. Existing literature documents both the promise of standards-based education and the various potential obstacles to achieving success that teachers,…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Qualitative Research
Silvernail, David L.; Stump, Erika K.; McCafferty, Anita Stewart; Hawes, Kathryn M. – Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, 2014
This report describes the findings from Phase II of a study of Maine's implementation of a proficiency-based diploma system. At the request of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs of the Maine Legislature, the Maine Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) has conducted a two-phased study of the implementation of Maine law…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, State Legislation
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