Next State of Learning

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Next State of Learning

Maine

"This is deep, systems-level change. That takes a lot of time and energy on the part of everybody. You can’t have distractions where folks are wondering why we’re even doing something different."

Dan Joseph, Reinventing Schools


Beginning in 2017-2018, a student in Maine must show proficiency on established state standards in order to graduate from high school--a change that will prove to end the reliance on time-based determinants of credit. For educators like Derek Pierce, the principal of Casco Bay High School in Portland, that has made all the difference. “The state of Maine supports proficiency-based work, and it’s helped to have legislation that supports our values,” he said. “It strengthens our standing in the community to know that we’re not just making this stuff up."

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1994
Maine legislature passes a law that makes the State Board of Education responsible for setting the overall education goals in Maine.
1997
Maine finalizes its first set of comprehensive K-12 standards and performance indicators.
2001
Maine requests permission from the U.S. Department of Education to develop its own local assessment systems.
2007
The Reinventing Schools Coalition (RISC) begins its work in Maine.
2008
The Maine Cohort for Customized Learning (MCCL) is established.
2009
The Legislature creates a broad stakeholder group to recommend issuing a standards based diploma.
2011
State Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen initiates a listening tour across the state.
2011
The state department identifies key community allies and advocates to support its proposed policy changes to establish a proficiency-based diploma.
2011
Legislative tours to student-centered schools are conducted.
2011
Legislature passes Strategic Framework LD 949.
2012
The state education commissioner and staff canvass the state to explain the proposed legislation.
2012
Legislature passes LD1422.
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Derek Pierce

"Great schooling is about love. It's about loving the kids that you're working with. It's about loving the work that you do. It's about loving the topic that you're teaching and helping kids feel and grow from that love."

"I find that this innovation to change the paradigm from 1892 to 2015 seems like a simple argument -- but a lot of people want to hold on to the past."

Don Siviski