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Most Maine schools again receive C grades

AUGUSTA (AP) -- Maine schools overall merited a C grade from the state, but nearly 100 schools received at least one grade higher than last year.

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The new A-through-F grades released to the public on Thursday show that nearly 50 percent of schools received a C grade, 23 percent received an A or a B and 28 percent received a D or an F.

Ten fewer schools received A's this year than last, and 24 more received F's. Meanwhile, fewer schools received C's and D's.

The scoring system implemented last year aims to boost accountability and transparency to Maine schools.

Grades are based on results of math and reading assessment tests and student improvement. At the high school level, the graduation rates factors in.

Critics say grades are arbitrary and oversimplify school performance.