As part of Maine DOE’s commitment to supporting districts in their transition to a proficiency-based diploma by 2018, last July we launched the online resource Getting to Proficiency: Helping Every Maine Student Graduate Prepared.
Included in the tools we provided on that site was a comprehensive online self-assessment developed in collaboration with Great Schools Partnership that was designed to support districts with their action planning for proficiency-based education. The self-assessment process and criteria was informed by the experience of several schools districts in Maine and New England that have successfully implemented proficiency-based systems. Fostering candid self-evaluation, the tool leads districts through a comprehensive set of questions focused on policy, practice and community engagement aspects of implementation.
This self-assessment is most valuable to districts through the spring of 2014 to inform the planning stages for the transition to a proficiency-based diploma. In response to concerns related to the confidentiality of the self-assessment data, after June 30 the interactive online assessment will be replaced with a paper version that districts can download off our website for local use.
For questions about best utilizing the self-assessment, please contact Maine DOE Standards-Based Education Specialist Diana Doiron at 207-624-6823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.