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Maine may dilute proficiency-based diploma law

March 4, 2018

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State education officials are proposing to roll back Maine’s proficiency-based diploma law, which was one of the first in the nation.

The Maine Sunday Telegram reports that Department of Education officials are proposing the elimination of a key tenet of the law: Students would no longer have to attain a standard level of proficiency in eight learning areas to get a diploma.

Diana Doiron, a proficiency-based education specialist, said the proposal is in response to feedback and concern from parents and educators. She said all students are different and that it’s a “struggle” to set the bar where everyone can reach it before they graduate.

Under the proposal, students could earn a diploma without full proficiency in all areas. It would be explained on their transcripts.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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