Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 called for a special version of Education Indicators. In addition to data reflecting the pandemic’s impact, the 2021 report added measures seeking a better understanding of the “whole student.” With a lesser focus on test scores, new indicators measured student well-being, and access and participation in post-secondary education opportunities beyond 2- and 4-year college, such as career and technical pathways and adult education.
“The pandemic has shined a light on what educators have known for a long time: there are many important factors that influence student success, such as mental health, nutrition, and high-speed internet access,” said Educate Maine Executive Director Jason Judd, Ed.D. “This year’s Education Indicators report helps us better understand the ‘whole student.’ The report also calls attention to important indicators related to the health of Maine’s early education and child care system, how Maine is serving different groups of students, and to additional higher learning pathways. Altogether, the data provide a more holistic look at the full education pipeline and the complex needs of all Maine learners within it to help guide where Maine may need to make additional investments.”
Key data points in the 2021 Education Indicators report include:
Enrollment, diversity, teacher shortages, and internet access:
Secondary, post-secondary, and adult education:
“Although we still do not know the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the data in the 2021 Education Indicators report help provide a clearer picture of Maine’s current education system challenges,” added Judd. “Maine schools, employers and policy makers are committed to addressing these challenges to improve and strengthen Maine’s education system and build a better future for all Maine people as we continue to navigate through the pandemic.”
This is the second year the Education Indicators report is available in a web format that allows for readily accessible data points on education in Maine, more timely updates to the indicators, and additional information on how readers can learn more and take action.
For the full 2021 report, please visit educationindicators.me.