The Maine Department of Education announced Monday that it will not issue A-through-F report cards for schools this year.
According to a web bulletin by department spokeswoman Samantha Warren, the state is switching to a new online student assessment system this year, which will make it impossible to compute year-to-year student growth. Data from the new assessment tool will first be available in the spring. The next grades for public schools will be released in the fall of 2016.
The public school grading system was launched by Gov. Paul LePage amid a swirl of debate about its merits in 2013.