MDI High scores 89.3, gets failing grade

BAR HARBOR —If one or two more students at Mount Desert Island High School had taken standardized tests last year, the school would have scored in the high “C” range, at it did the previous year, in the annual grading of schools by the state Department of Education (DOE).

But the high school automatically received an “F” grade because less than 90 percent of students took the math and reading tests. The school’s participation rate – 89.3 percent.

The DOE released the grades today (Thursday).

Two elementary/middle schools in the MDI Regional School System dropped one letter grade from the year before. Conners-Emerson in Bar Harbor went from “A” to “B;” Pemetic in Southwest Harbor went from “B” to “C.”

Mount Desert Elementary retained its “A” grade. The schools in both Tremont and Tremont held steady with “C” grades.

Prior to the release of the grades, local officials criticized the state’s report card system, as they have in the past, as being a poor indicator of a school’s educational quality

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Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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