Commissioner’s Update – October 17, 2013

From the Maine DOE

In the spring of 2018, the students now in eighth grade will become the state’s first class to graduate having demonstrated their mastery of all State standards in the eight content areas of the Maine Learning Results.

Last week, the Department rolled out the resources we created to support schools in this transition to the proficiency-based diploma, most notably our comprehensive online resource center at

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Screen shot of parents' brochure for profiency-based learningMaine DOE is providing extensive resources to support the transition to a proficiency-based diploma, including audience-specific informational flyers like this one for parents. | More

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