Data & Research

Researchers across the United States and across the globe are constantly investigating and analyzing public education to determine the success of particular practices, programs and initiatives; the relationship between spending on education and learner outcomes; and much more.

The Maine Department of Education occasionally makes such outside, education-related research from a variety of credible sources available on this website in an effort to help Maine educators stay up-to-date with information that could support them in improving student outcomes.

The Maine DOE shares the information on this page as a courtesy. This listing is not intended to represent a full compilation of available research. Inclusion on this page does not constitute an endorsement by the Maine Department of Education.


Recent Research

  • Charter-School Management Organizations: Diverse Strategies and Diverse Student Impacts. This study from Mathematica Policy Research examined the effect of non-profit charter-school management organizations (CMOs) on middle school academic achievement, rate of high school graduation, and rate of post-secondary enrollment. Within eight geographically diverse states, the authors matched each charter school student with similar students attending conventional public schools. Read study (PDF)
  • Lessons in Character Impact Evaluation. This report from the U.S. Department of Education's Western Regional Educational Laboratory in March 2012 examines the impact of the Lessons in Character Program, a literature-based language arts program that uses multicultural literature, classroom lessons, and decision-making training to enhance student problem solving skills; promote student understanding, endorsement, and behavioral enactment of core values; and boost language, grammar, mechanics (punctuation, spelling), and composition skills. The report found the program had no measurable impact on the participating students' academic achievement, social competence or problem behavior.
  • Teaching English Language Learner Students: Professional Standards in Elementary Education in Central Region States. This report, released in February 2012 from the U.S. Department of Education's Central Regional Educational Laboratory, examines what Central Region states expect K–8 general education teachers to know and be able to do in order to teach English Language Learner students. The report reviews state documents on professional teaching standards for coverage of six topics that an earlier study on teaching standards found to be important for improving these students’ achievement.
  • Partnerships Between Tribal Education Departments and Local Education Agencies. This report from the U.S. Department of Education's Central Regional Educational Laboratory examines nine partnerships between tribal education departments—organizations overseeing American Indian education—and local education agencies in February 2012. Individual profiles describe how each partnership works, focusing on collaborative activities intended to improve education outcomes for American Indian students.


Additional Data & Research Resources

Want to see more research into educational practices and programs? Interested in the raw data? Here are a few websites to get you started.

State & Regional Resources

The Maine Department of Education makes data about Maine education available with the help of its comprehensive longitudinal data system.

National Resources

The U.S. Department of Education oversees a number of education research operations and data resources.