Final deadline for proficiency-based diploma extension applications Oct. 18

The final deadline for districts looking for an extension in implementing a proficiency-based diploma requirement is next week.

Earlier this year, the Department released six extension request options to provide the time and support districts say they need to undertake the thoughtful, systemic change needed to ensure quality implementation of systems that support the awarding of proficiency-based diplomas starting in 2018.

More recently, the Maine DOE made available the application materials for schools to apply for an extension or a confirmation or readiness to deliver proficiency based diplomas, offering three submittal windows the final of which is Oct. 18.

The Department has already received several dozen applications, as well as feedback that the application process proved a meaningful reflective process for participating districts. The applications received thus far confirm the great volume of work and thoughtful planning occurring in Maine schools in support of student learning and preparation for college and careers. The applications also reveal the customized work occurring in each school administrative unit as they design and implement strategic plans to transition to a proficiency-based diploma.

Three approved extension applications are available for review here.

For more information or technical assistance, contact the Department’s Standards-Based Education Specialist Diana Doiron at or 624-6823.

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