The Maine Department of Education hosted a group of local educators for a series of work sessions that will take place last month to review the Career and Educational Development (CED) standards.
The review is part of an established fourteen step review that rotates through the eight content areas of Chapter 132 (doc) over a 5 year period, during which educators from across the state consider and revise standards to reflect the rigorous expectations and provide guidance to schools.
The career and education development standards are divided into three subgroups of knowledge and skills (Learning About Self-Knowledge and Interpersonal Relationships; Learning About Exploring Education, Career, and Life Roles; and Learning to Make Decisions, Plan and Create Opportunities, and Make Meaningful Contributions). Within each of these subgroups are performance indicators and descriptors that describe what students should know and be able to do across four grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-Diploma). The career and education development standards also include an introduction and a note regarding embedding career and education development instruction.
As part of the ongoing review process for content standards, revised standards for social studies and science have been adopted. In addition, writing teams for the career education and development, English, and math standards are drafting revisions that will be finalized by the end of September.
The Department of Education will then initiate the rulemaking process for Chapter 132 for final review and adoption of the revised career education and development, English, and math standards. This fall, the Maine DOE will begin a review of the health education and physical education, visual and performing arts, and world language standards. For more information about the standards or the standards review process, check out our web page.