College and Career Ready Definitions

The Maine Department of Education is currently working with the state’s institutions of public higher education to define college and career readiness.


Maine Department of Education. (2015). Maine ESEA flexibility: . Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Attendance rate
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Test participation of less than 95 percent of students limits or reduces overall rating or classification
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
CTE Reports and Data3
Early Warning Systems4
New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)1
Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio1
State Mathematic assessments4
State Science assessments4
State Writing assessments4
State Reading assessments4
Career and technical education (CTE) enrollments3
CTE concentrators3
Number of concentrators by pathway3
Students reaching targeted level of skill attainment3
Students completing3
Students graduating3
Students entering postsecondary education or advanced training, military service, or employment within two quarters following graduation3
Dropout rates1
Disciplinary incidents by type1
Disciplinary actions by type1
Number of out-of-school suspensions/expulsions4
Student background (repeating grade levels, transfers, English Language Learner assessment results, special education status, free and reduced lunch, and age equivalency )4
1. Maine Department of Education. (2016). Data warehouse. Retrieved from
2. Maine Department of Education. (2015). Test results. Retrieved from
3. Maine Department of Education. (2015). Reports & data. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Maine allows students to earn dual credit for academic and/or CTE courses through a general dual- enrollment program or a dual- enrollment CTE program, the latter for students in Grades 11 and 12. Public postsecondary institutions are required to accept the general dual-enrollment program credits, but it is unclear if this also applies to the CTE program (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School

The University of Maine at Fort Kent will become Maine’s pilot site for an Early College High School based on the Early College High School Initiative model. More information about Early College High School opportunities in Maine is available at the Maine Department of Education website (Maine Department of Education, 2012).


Maine Department of Education. (2012). Early College programs in Maine. Retrieved from

Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

Maine organizes its secondary CTE programs into 10 areas:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Architecture, Construction, and Manufacturing
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
  • Business, Management, & Administration; Finance; Marketing; Sales & Service
  • Health and Human Services
  • Education and Public Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Information Technology
  • Transportation
  • Hospitality and Tourism

Within these areas, Maine implements programs of study in the following Career Clusters:

  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology, & Communications
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

For more information on CTE in Maine, view the Main Department of Education website.


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Maine [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans
Maine does not have a statewide system for career exploration or career plans at the K–12 level.
Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:


3.0 (Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:

2.0 (American history and government and civics)


Science Credits:

2.0 (including one course with laboratory experience)

2.0 (each course with laboratory experience)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)


Arts Credits:

1.0 (which may include art, music, forensics or drama)


Additional Credits:



Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Maine State Legislature

University of Maine



Some academic programs require more courses in mathematics and/or science beyond the requirements listed above.


Early Warning Systems

Maine’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Maine At-Risk Data Mart. Early Warning System data are reported at the student and district levels to teachers.


Institute of Education Sciences Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program. (n.d.). Maine: Early warnings at the classroom level. SLDS Spotlight. Retrieved from

Maine Legislature. (n.d.). Title 20-A: Education: Chapter 211: Attendance. Retrieved from

Maine Department of Education. (2006). Maine dropout prevention guide. Retrieved from