Student demonstration of proficiency as outlined in the State standards in all eight content areas of the Maine Learning Results and the Guiding Principles has at its foundation an infrastructure built on providing opportunities for students to access knowledge and to develop understanding that fosters transferable learning.
Recognizing that individual students learn in different ways and at various paces, the law states students must be allowed to gain proficiency through multiple pathways and must be allowed to demonstrate proficiency through presenting multiple types of evidence, including but not limited to teacher-designed or student-designed assessments, portfolios, performance, exhibitions, projects and community service.
In the implementation of proficiency-based diplomas, a responsive system of support must be designed to expand beyond the reading, writing, math, and behavior interventions in the Response to Intervention systems currently in place in all Maine schools.
School leaders may find the Proficiency-Based Diplomas Readiness Inventory helpful in self-assessing the infrastructure for providing opportunity to learn and demonstrate proficiency in the standards of the content areas and each of the Guiding Principles.
For more information on proficiency-based education in Maine please contact the Department’s Proficiency-Based Education Specialist, Diana Doiron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-624-6823.