Maine may dilute proficiency-based diploma law
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.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com