The Maine Education Policy Research Institute provides policymakers with objective data, policy research and evaluation to define and evaluate educational needs, services and impact. It analyzes trends in K-12 data and performs targeted research. Established by the Legislature in 1995, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute is a cooperative effort of the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine.

An important goal of the Institute is to track and report the condition of K-12 education in Maine. To that end, a survey of Maine principals is conducted every three years and results are summarized in a publication entitled The Condition of K-12 Public Education in Maine 20__. On alternate years and at the beginning of each new legislature, the relevant school and municipal data is compiled and published in the Legislative Districts Education Report. These publications can be accessed below.


Condition of K-12 Public Education 2011
Legislative Districts Education Reports


MEPRI also conducts targeted research projects and projects requested by the Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The workplan for FY 09 and reports of ongoing work can be accessed below.

Work Plan for FY 2009