Next State of Learning for Maine

Maine is one of four states leading efforts to create innovative opportunities in public school classrooms around the country through the Next State of Learning project. This showcases how states are transforming public education by scaling locally led innovations with a strong focus on student outcomes.

“Putting students in the center leads to greater student engagement and participation in education. This work positions Maine to increase graduation rates and improve college and career readiness. It is the right choice for Maine students,” says Maine DOE’s Director of Standards and Instructional Support Anita Bernhardt.

Colorado, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Maine are recognized for taking action to identify, test and implement student-centered approaches to learning that transform the traditional classroom. Beginning in 2017-18, in order to graduate from high school, students in Maine will start being assessed by their mastery of content, not just their time spent on a subject. The work underway today shows of how Maine is setting conditions for change in achieving this goal.

For more information, contact the Department’s Standards-Based Education Specialist Diana Doiron at