Using targeted transition funds in K-8 schools

Last fall, the Maine DOE distributed $2 million to school administrative units (SAUs) to support their transition to a proficiency-based diploma. In the months since, the Department has received inquiries related to the use of these targeted transition funds in K-8 schools.

While statute states these funds are to be used in the manner determined by the SAU to support the cost of the transition to proficiency-based diplomas not otherwise covered by the State, the decision to determine that best use rests at the SAU level.

SAUs with only K-8 schools could use the funding in a number of ways to build capacity and support for their students’ readiness to demonstrate proficiencies toward a proficiency-based diploma. One way the SAU with only a K-8 school could choose to use the transition funds would be to build in extra support for any current eighth-graders who have gaps in their learning and are struggling to demonstrate proficiency in the standards of the system of learning results. The current eighth-graders will graduate in 2018 by demonstrating proficiency at the standard level in the system of learning results. Students who are proficient in the Maine K-8 learning standards enter secondary schools with increased readiness to learn and demonstrate proficiency of the Maine 9-12 learning standards.

For more ideas on how to effectively leverage these transition funds, visit the Using Your Transition Funds section of our Getting to Proficiency site.

One response to “Using targeted transition funds in K-8 schools

  1. Is any organization, group or individual currently (1) keeping track of and/or (2) studying the locally-developed standards to ascertain whether or not they are truly standard across the state?

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