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Comments for: Maine student scores lag

Critics may quibble about the details, but Gov. Paul LePage’s characterization of a recent Harvard study is correct: Maine’s investment in educational improvement is paying “pathetic” returns. A close reading of the study, “ Achievement Growth: International and U.S. State Trends in Student Performance,”… Read More
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  • Anonymous

    “Improvement scores” are misinterpreted.  Is Maine in the bottom five in achievement? Or are we are in the bottom 5 for “improvement”?   That’s a whole different kettle of fish. I seriously doubt Maine is lower than Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Arkansas, etc. in achievement.   For example, if Maine was 15th in achievement in 2000 while Louisiana was 40th and now Louisiana has “improved” considerably while Maine hasn’t improved but stayed stagnant, then, Yes, Louisiana has “improved more” but that doesn’t mean that Maine’s achievement is less than Florida’s.  Less talk comparable things here. 

    • Anonymous

      Your post illustrates a teacher/union mentality in that you never once mentioned the kids of Maine.  Your only goal was deflect criticism by jockeying the views and interpertations; classic liberal strategy

      • Anonymous

        Your response sheds no light on the conversation.  I have never belonged to a union nor was I “deflecting criticism” as you put it.  I am pretty much a middle of the road person. I was shedding light on the misinformation given in the article.  Trying to hide, whether by unknowing or blatant misrepresentation (and I prefer unknowing) misinformation isn’t helpful to people who may not know that the article did not say Maine kids were lower than the several southern states but rather that Maine kids had not improved as much as the kids in those states.   I repeat, if you are in 40th place  and jump to 30th you have shown a gain of 10 places which is great. However, if you are in 25th place and stay there then you have not shown growth.  That is all the article was saying.  You should try reading it again to see if you comprehended both the article and my response.  

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