Measuring Up



Maine

Not scored

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state.

What is the state of charter schools in Maine?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

6

1%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

857

0.5%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

93%

91%

2%

Black

4%

3%

1%

Hispanic

1%

2%

-1%

Asian

1%

2%

-1%

Other

1%

2%

-1%

Total minority

7%

9%

-2%

 

4. Students in special populations (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

24%

66%

-42%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

24%

66%

-42%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

N/A

N/A

N/A

Suburb

N/A

N/A

N/A

Town

N/A

N/A

N/A

Rural

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total nonsuburban

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

Number of communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools

0

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2010–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2010–11

Average Annual Open Rate

20.0%

2011–12

0

2012–13

2

2013–14

3

2014–15

1

Total number

6

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2009–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

Average Annual Closure Rate

0.0%

2010–11

2011–12

2012–13

0

2013–14

0

Total number

0

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Percentage of charter schools with an identified special focus (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

No Excuses

0%

Total

50%

STEM

50%

Arts

0%

Classical

0%

Purposely diverse

0%

Single sex

0%

International/Foreign language

0%

Montessori/Waldorf

50%

Dropout/Expulsion recovery

0%

Military

0%

Vocational training

0%

Public policy/Citizenship

0%

 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

10. Additional days of learning in reading (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

 

 

 

11. Additional days of learning in math (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

 

 

 

12. Percentage point change in top categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

13. Percentage point change in bottom categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2014–15)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

100%

0%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2014–15)

 

Number of authorizers

Number of charter schools

Average number of charters per authorizer

Percentage of the state’s public charters authorized by this type of authorizer

Local education agency

State education agency

Independent charter board

1

6

6

100%

Noneducational government entity

Higher education institution

Nonprofit

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2013–14)

Number of virtual public charter school students

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter school student population enrolled
in virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools that are virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

Maine enacted its charter public school law in 2011. In our most recent rankings of state charter school laws, it ranked #6 out of 43.

Maine’s relatively new law allows multiple authorizers via local school districts and a new statewide authorizer, has strong quality control components, provides operational autonomy to charter public schools, and provides equitable operational funding to charter public schools. The two major weaknesses of the law include a cap of 10 state-authorized charter public schools during the initial 10 years that the law is in effect (there is no cap on the number of charters that local school districts can approve) and a relatively small number of provisions for supporting charters’ facility needs.

A state’s charter public school movement had to meet three conditions to be scored and ranked in this year’s report. First, the movement had to serve at least 2 percent of the state’s public school students. Second, the state had to participate in CREDO’s National Charter School Study 2013 so that we had a measure of student academic growth data for its charter public schools in comparison with its traditional public schools. Third, the state had to have a state accountability system in place that categorized all public schools on the basis of performance in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Maine’s movement did not meet at least one of these conditions, so we did not score and rank it in this year’s report.

However, below we provide the data we were able to gather. Based on this information, we offer the following observations:

  • In 2014-15, there were six charter public schools and 857 charter public school students in Maine, constituting 1 percent of the state’s public schools and .5 percent of the state’s public school students, respectively.
  • In 2013-14, on average, charter public schools in Maine served lower percentages of racial and ethnic minority students (2 percentage points less) and free and reduced-price lunch students (22 percentage points less) as compared with traditional public schools.
  • Between 2012-13 and 2014-15, all six of Maine’s charter public schools opened, a 20 percent average annual open rate.
  • In 2012-13, 50 percent of the state’s charter public schools were special-focus schools.
  • During 2014-15, 100 percent of the state’s charter public schools were start-ups.
  • The state charter schools commission is the sole authorizer in the state. As of 2014-15, it had authorized six charter public schools.