THE BIG PICTURE
All Maine people must have access to a quality education that provides them with the knowledge and skills required for a career and economic success.
Education opportunities should not depend upon geography, income, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, race or ethnicity. Ensuring access and removing barriers will lead to greater equity, a stronger economy, and will allow Maine to achieve our common and state-mandated goal: by 2025, 60% of Mainers will hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success.
The following indicators show snapshots of performance at different stages of the educational pipeline by a number of student characteristics. Broadly speaking, students who are not economically disadvantaged, students who are white or Asian/Pacific Islander, and students who speak English as a first language all perform better on standardized assessments and graduate from high school at higher rates than students from other backgrounds. Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, from a majority of racial or ethnic groups, and those who don’t speak English proficiently, do not have the same access to opportunity. They often face significantly more barriers to success in a traditional educational environment.
We have a lot of work to do to redesign our education system so that it meets the needs of ALL learners. Measuring differential rates of access, participation, and performance is a starting point for understanding where we need to focus our efforts.