A Snapshot of Education in Maine

This page is intended to show a high-level view of education in Maine based on the most recent data available.

Students and Teachers

A snapshot of education in Maine shows positive changes for k-12 students. Data shows that Maine is experiencing its highest graduation rate in recent years and over the last ten years, dropout rates have decreased 3 percent. As predicted, student enrollment in Maine has declined.

  • For 2014-15, Maine high schools recorded a graduation rate of 87.6 percent and a dropout rate of 2.1 percent. Since 2008-09, the graduation rate has improved by 7.4 percent, and the dropout rate has declined 1.4 percent.
  • Maine's public schools educated 182,990 students during the 2014-15 school year. The State has 15,447 certified teachers and 1,179 certified administrators.
  • As of fall 2015, 17,831 students attended private schools.
  • During the 2012-13 school year, 4,995 students were homeschooled.

State Education Funding

Funding for education is a shared State and local responsibility. State funding to local school districts is based primarily on the Essential Programs and Services (EPS) formula. The Department of Education uses the formula to calculate the amount a school unit should expect to spend to provide educational programming aligned with the Maine Learning Results academic standards. The formula also determines the portion the State will provide based on available State funds, a school unit’s student enrollment, State property valuation, among other factors. The State share of education funding in the 2016-17 academic year is just over $1.0 billion ($1,002,461,515). This figure represents a State funded share of 50.82% of education spending and reflects a 20 percent increase in appropriations since implementation of the EPS model in 2005-06.

  • Detailed information regarding the EPS model may be found here.
  • See what your school unit receives in State subsidy under the EPS model here.

Student Achievement in 2014-15

Maine students perform well overall nationally, typically ranking in the top tier of states by most national measures, as indicated by 2014-15 assessment data. While only 70 percent of students in grades 3-8 were proficient in reading, this age group saw a 72 percent growth increase. For students in grade 11, both math and reading had a three-year average progress rate of 49 percent.

Learn More Through the Data Warehouse

In 2011, the Maine Department of Education released the Educational Data Warehouse, a powerful tool for educators and stakeholders working to improve Maine schools and champion best practices throughout the state. It is an equally powerful tool for parents and students who want to find out how their local schools are performing and how their performance compares to other Maine schools, districts and the entire state.

Maine’s Educational Data Warehouse allows users to explore data on test scores, school spending, graduation and dropout rates, student and staff populations and more.

The Maine DOE is in the process of determining how to improve the capabilities of the Educational Data Warehouse and welcomes public comments and suggestions at DOE.Data@maine.gov.