Maine House Votes on New School Evaluation System 

A comprehensive school evaluation system bill won support in the House of Representatives on Tuesday by a vote of 80-55.LD 1540 would create a commission of education stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, parents, experts and students, to develop a fair school evaluation system based on student progress and local improvement measures – not solely standardized test scores.The measure provides an alternative to the A-through-F grading system implemented by the LePage administration last month.The A-F school grading system was established without any school district input. The grades for elementary and middle schools are based entirely on reading and math standardized test scores which many feel are strongly correlated to socioeconomic status and lacks include peer group comparisons.The system would include a process to include peer group comparisons based on characteristics like special education, free and reduced price lunch and English Language Learners.The bill, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Millett, faces further action in both the Senate and the House.