Maine governor pushes to reform proficiency diploma program
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor and state education officials want to largely undo so-called proficiency standards that require high school graduates to show deep understanding of academic subjects.
The Legislature’s education committee on Monday will hear a bill backed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage and the Department of Education. The bill would require graduates to meet state standards.
The committee will also consider a bill scrapping the law altogether.
The 2012 law requires this year’s freshmen to be Maine’s first graduates receiving so-called “proficiency-based” diplomas. Maine is one of the first states with such a law.
Local education officials have for years questioned the law for being too vague, leaving a patchwork of schools developing their own definitions of “proficiency.” Maine’s education department is still working on regulations for the initiative.