School Choice Score: 0%
Maine’s only “choice” program solely provides options for students who live in areas without public schools which doesn’t create much opportunity for the rest of the state.
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 65%
Maine’s places heavy requirements on prospective charter schools when they apply to get authorized. These requirements not only discourage some proven providers from starting charter schools in Maine but also prevent many small “mom and pop” charter schools from ever being opened. Both of these factors mean that the students in Maine lose out on great schools that could fit their academic needs far better than a traditional public school.
Online Learning Score: 75%
Although, Maine scores very high for allowing for multiple providers of online learning. Maine does have one fully online charter school, which opened in August 2014.
Teacher Quality Score: 0%
Teachers are evaluated once every three years. Student performance has a substantial impact and state law says that it must have a “discernable impact” on a teachers summative rating. Being rated as ineffective for two years justifies non-renewal of a teacher’s contract. However, student performance is not used for tenure decisions and effective teachers are ineligible for performance pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook