AUGUSTA, Maine — 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,

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.