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Standards-Based Diploma Bill Now Law

Legislation that sets up a process and timeline for Maine students to earn a diploma under a standards-based system of learning has been signed into law by the governor.

The bill, L.D. 1627, “An Act to Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council,” was enacted in the Senate with a unanimous vote and had overwhelming support in the House. It requires full implementation of a standards-based diploma system by the time the Class of 2025 walks across the stage.

The new law allows a ramp up to proficiency, starting with the core-four – English, Math, Science and Social Studies – for the Class of 2021, with the additional subject areas of Art, Foreign Language, Health and Physical Education and Career and Education Development added over the next four years in an order based on student preference.

The bill also clarifies standards for Career and Technical Education students, recognizing that core standards are embedded in the CTE program.

For more background on the bill, click here to read the front-page article in the March Update newsletter.

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