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Westbrook, Gorham schools make passing grades

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:08 pm | Updated: 2:37 pm, Thu May 9, 2013.

Westbrook and Gorham schools received passing grades from the state’s first educational system report card. Gorham schools all received a B, except for Great Falls and Narragansett elementary schools, which received a C. Westbrook High School also received a C

The schools were graded on an A-F scale based on a variety of standards, including student achievement on the New England Common Assessment Program test and the performance and growth of the bottom 25 percent of students in elementary schools and the graduation and attendance rates.

Many school officials are unhappy with the results and the grading system itself.

“Very few professional educators believe that a student’s scores on an annual standardized test is an accurate representation of that student’s performance and growth over time,” said an open letter posted on the Gorham School District website by Superintendent Ted Sharp. “The Governor’s A-F Grading of schools falls far short of providing a community with a benchmark of their school’s success.”

In Westbrook, only the high school received a grade because last year’s reconfiguration moved two-thirds of the younger students within the district to different schools, making it difficult to compare this year’s NECAP scores against last year’s.

“Westbrook High School earned a C along with 55 other high schools in the state. Only 30 schools ranked higher than WHS. We acknowledge these results, but we are not satisfied. We all know that Westbrook High School is better than average. I assure you we are continuing to work toward increased student achievement every day,” said Superintendent Marc Gousse during a Westbrook School Committee meeting last week after the scores were announced.

According to the Department of Education website, 81 percent of elementary schools and 69 percent of high schools earned an A, B or C.

Both superintendents for Gorham and Westbrook said they would continue to work within their respective districts to make improvements in order to give their students the best level of education possible.

The Maine Department of Education has released grades for each school and district across the state. Go online to www.maine.gov/doe/schoolreportcards/reportcards/allreports.html for more information.

Westbrook

Only Westbrook High School was graded for this year’s report card because last year’s district reconfiguration made it difficult to judge last year against the current year.

Westbrook High School – C

Gorham

Gorham High School – B

Village Elementary School – B

Gorham Middle School – B

Great Falls Elementary School – C

Narragansett Elementary School – C

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