The Challenge Index
is one measure of a school's performance that is different from, and in addition to, traditional test scores. The Challenge Index measures how many students take Advanced Placement (AP), or similar, tests in comparison to how many graduates there are in that school. 1.0 is considered a standard that schools should strive to meet, though very few schools meet that standard.
At the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year, all three Maine 207 schools exceeded a Challenge Index of 2.0, meaning that at least twice as many AP exams were completed as there were 2016 graduates.
As can be seen in the graph below, over the years, the Challenge Index for all three Maine 207 schools has continued to increase with each passing year.
Maine 207 strives to create opportunities for students to be prepared for careers as well as for post-high school education. Participation in Advanced Placement classes is one way in which students can benefit from the range of experiences that prepare them for life beyond high school.