March 23, 2019
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Maine student test scores drop in English, math and science

Robbie Feinberg | Maine Public
Robbie Feinberg | Maine Public
Students John Shea, Adam Savage and Kaden Roman study inside Susan Muzzy's mathematics classroom at Cornville Regional High School in this Sept. 22, 2016, file photo.

Student test scores in Maine slipped during the 2017-18 school year.

The Maine Education Assessment Test results, released Tuesday, track results from various exams given to students from grades three to 11, according to Rachel Paling, communication director for the Maine Department of Education.

“We did see a slight decline across the board in student test results,” Paling said.

The results show that about 50 percent of students met or exceeded state standards in English during the past school year, down from almost 53 percent the year before.

In science, nearly 59 percent of students met state standards, down from almost 62 percent. In math, only 37 percent of students met or exceeded state standards, down from almost 39 percent.

Paling said a low math score is not an unfamiliar sight. “We know that here in Maine we’ve struggled with math, and that’s something we’re working on with schools to better support instruction to boost the math scores,” she said.

Maine Principals’ Association Executive Director Dick Durost declined to comment on the test results, saying it’s still too soon to know what the numbers mean.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.


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