By the time students leave high school, they should be prepared for post-secondary education or a career. Traditionally, progress throughout the K-12 system is measured by student performance on standardized tests such as the annual Maine Educational Assessments. Test score data is not available for 2020 due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. While these assessments are important for understanding what Maine students know and can do – and also for identifying where there are disparities among groups of students – they do not provide the whole picture.
Student success in school is influenced by many factors outside of academics. This year’s report highlights some of those factors.