Education Commissioner Certain That Shoveling More Millions Over The Festering Corpse Of Steve Jobs Will Fix The Schools

stephen bowen

Maine has known for years that its academic growth has not kept pace with the nation’s. And while the state has been busy with reorganizing school districts, overhauling statewide tests and waging funding battles, it has fallen further behind even as the United States as a whole has made slow progress compared with other countries. Maine cannot hope to keep its families here nor compete with other states, much less other countries, for businesses if it continues to make so little academic progress. Academic growth over the last 19 years has tended to lift students at different achievement levels uniformly, according to the report from Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance and Education Next. The problem is that student achievement did not rise adequately in every state, especially in comparison to other countries. Maine played a role in slowing down the growth. Between 1992 and 2011, Maine’s annual rate of growth in math, reading and science ranked second to last out of the 41 states examined, the report concluded. Had all students across the country made the same average gains as the most improved states — Maryland, Florida, Delaware and Massachusetts — the U.S. would be at the same improvement rate as Germany and the United Kingdom (read more at BangorDailyNews, if you can read)