Maine DOE to distribute funds to support proficiency-based diploma transition

Maine school administrative units (SAUs) will receive targeted funds to support the transition to a proficiency-based diploma again this year. Beginning in the fall, the Maine DOE will distribute to each SAU a grant in the amount of 1/10th of 1 percent of that SAU’s total cost of education, as calculated under the Essential Programs and Services (EPS) school funding formula. Under Maine law, the funds are to be spent “in the manner determined by the school administrative unit to fund the costs of the transition (to proficiency-based graduation) not otherwise subsidized by the State.”

The Maine DOE continues to serve as a resource to SAUs to support the transition to a proficiency-based diploma by 2018. Guidance and examples on ways this targeted funding may be used is available on the Getting to Proficiency section of the Department’s website. In addition to distribution of transition funds, the Maine DOE recently previewed the six extension options it was offering districts that needed more time to complete the thoughtful transition to awarding proficiency-based diplomas.

For more information or technical assistance on making the transition to awarding proficiency-based diplomas, please contact Maine DOE’s Standards-Based Education Specialist Diana Doiron at diana.doiron@maine.gov or 207-624-6823.