State Report Card

May 1, 2013

To:   The parents and guardians of Dedham School students

From:  Kathy Lawson

Re:  School Report Card

By now you are probably aware the Maine Department of Education has given  each school in the state a letter grade of an A - F.  Dedham School received a C,  four points away  from a B.  

Out of the 422 elementary schools in the state:

50  are A (12%)

55 are B  (13%)

235 are C (56%)

48 are D   (11%)

34 an F.   ( 08%)

The grade received is based on the students proficiency on math and reading NECAP scores given once a year,  the growth made  from one year to the next as well as the participation rate on that assessment.  68.6% of our students are proficient in math and 74.5 % in reading.  76.1% of our students showed growth in math and 72.9 % in reading.  We had 100% participation on the assessment.  These scores are above the state average.

I, along with others in the education field, believe one standardized test is NOT an accurate measure of student progress or school quality.  Dedham School does meet the needs of all students and we are always trying to improve the quality of education.   We offer and maximize the potential of our students.  We have a positive, nurturing school climate and culture.  I have been told many times, one can feel the cooperation and cohesiveness  immediately upon entering the building.  

Do we need to improve?  Yes, and we are constantly trying to improve.  For example, we are currently working on aligning our math curriculum with the Common Core State Standards.  Next year we will align our Language Arts curriculum with the CCSS   Teachers are offered ongoing professional development to enhance their teaching.  Dedham along with Orrington launched a strategic planning process last fall with the intent on developing a set of goals and objectives to improve our schools over the next 3 to 5 years. We are on the road toward educational improvement.

What can you do as a parent?  You can continue to be active participants in your child’s education.  Continue to set aside time every night to  assist with homework.  Read to your child and encourage them to read to you.  Communicate with your child’s teacher and with the school.  If you have questions or concerns about your child, contact the teacher.  If you have questions about our school please contact me.  Keep the lines of communication open.  Show your child you value education and  are an involved parent by attending conferences, school functions and becoming a volunteer.    

Instead of dwelling on the letter grade I hope you will  join the staff and me in celebrating what Dedham does best, respecting students and fostering educational, social and emotional growth.  


Katherine C. Lawson