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Maine Schools Get More Time to Comply with ‘Proficiency-Based’ Standards

Maine high schools will now have a little more time to transition to awarding diplomas earned by demonstrating subject matter proficiency.

A 2012 law made it mandatory for all high schools to begin handing out proficiency-based diplomas by the year 2018. But many districts have told the state that they need more time to make the teaching, curriculum and school culture changes that come with a shift to proficiency-based education. The state Department of Education decided this week to give it to them.