The Maine Department of Education collects data from school districts for State and Federal reporting requirements, to determine equitable distribution of resources, and to inform program and policy analysis.
Schools and districts report data to the Department throughout the school year through the following data collection systems:
- NEO is an Operational Data Store (ODS) that contains numerous data sets submitted by schools and districts.
- Synergy collects all student related data from every public school and private schools that have publicly-funded students
- Maine Educator Information System (MEIS) contains all staff certifications and credentials (does not work in Firefox web browser)
State-level data collection is a very important factor in calculating State subsidies for districts, informing legislative policies, providing transparency to taxpayers, and helping the Department support schools and districts as they make decisions about program and curriculum needs.