Casco Bay High School and King Middle School have been named among 14 newly ‘Credentialed’ schools by EL Education. EL Education, formerly Expeditionary Learning, is a nonprofit that promotes student achievement across diverse communities.
EL Education just launched a new benchmark system for redefining improvement across K-12 school systems. Their new benchmark focuses on character development, quality of student work, and test results. EL Education prioritizes three areas:
1. Student mastery of knowledge. This area factors in performance on state exams and improvement over a period of 4-6 years.
2. Student character. EL requires students and teachers to track consistent and school-wide “habits of scholarship,” such as responsibility and perseverance.
3. High quality student work. Schools must present evidence of the quality, depth and authenticity of student work as it improves throughout the partnership with EL.
EL Education Credentialed Schools include urban and rural schools as well as charter and district schools. The 14 schools that received a credentialed designation this year will join 9 others that received a credentialed rating last year.
Casco Bay High School is a Mentor School within the EL Education network, recognized for its commitment to project-based and ‘deeper’ learning. King, although low scoring when it joined with EL in 1992, is now a top performing school.