Today, Congressman Mike Michaud praised the announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that Maine will receive a $7.3 million Recovery Act investment to continue and expand a data collection system that helps the state make well informed, research-based decisions on improving education programs and student achievement. The investment announced today will help Maine expand its core system to include a wider range of data, including early childhood programs, teacher effectiveness data, adult education and linkages to postsecondary and workforce data. In 2007, a 3 year grant led to the establishment of the current system in Maine.
"This investment will allow our state to improve our education system by ensuring that policies reflect the most accurate data and analysis possible," said Michaud. "A quality education is the key to our country getting ahead and competing for the jobs of tomorrow. This initiative will build on the current system and help provide a better look into the link between education, student achievement and workforce development."