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Maine Ranks Next-to-Last in Student Achievement Growth
07/16/2012 03:59 PM ET  

Maine was ranked higher than only one state--Iowa--in a Harvard study of gains in student test scores over the past two decades.

Maine has ranked next to last in a Harvard study of student progress during the past two decades. The Harvard Kennedy School study, released today by the journal, Education Next, shows Maine besting only Iowa in the rankings.

Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen says he's disappointed by the findings. "While Maine's test scores are high for the nation, we are just not moving the needle," he says in a statement. "And as this study makes clear, other states are making considerably more progress. The status quo is simply not working."

The report looks at student achievement growth across the globe as well as within the U.S. using National Assessment of Educational Progress--or NAEP--test results for mathematics, reading and science from 1992 to 2011.

Bowen says he plans to look at states that performed well in the rankings, such as Massachusetts, South Carolina and Florida, to see what Maine can learn from them.

Maryland ranked the best in the nation for student achievement growth. At the global level, the U.S. ranked 25th out of 49 countries in gains in student test scores over a 14-year period.


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