Welcome to our inaugural Education Indicators for Maine report. We developed
this report to help better understand Maine’s education pipeline from early
childhood through post secondary. This report focuses on ten indicators we
believe best measure Maine’s educational performance.
Each piece of Maine’s education pipeline is connected to and impacted by other
parts of the pipeline. In most cases, early indicators foreshadow later success
or lack thereof and every indicator impacts our overarching goal that by 2023,
50% of Maine people will have a high-quality college degree, certificate or industry
credential. This is not an arbitrary goal. By attaining or surpassing 50%, Maine
will reach parity with other New England states in the education levels of its
workforce—a feat not previously achieved and key to our state’s future
Maine’s future depends on how well we prepare our citizens for the 21st century.
Participation in high-quality early childhood programs, demonstrated proficiency
in 1st–12th grades, preparedness for success in college and career, and matriculation
from post-secondary programs are all crucial to moving Maine forward.