This article provides an overview of the progress the state of Maine has made towards competency education. It outlines the steps taken to build school capacity and public and policy support for student-centered education. These steps resulted in the 2012 passage of Act LD1422, which requires districts to begin awarding proficiency-based diplomas. It reviews the implementation timeline and supports set up by the state to help districts transition. These supports include professional development and resources, the creation of networks, transition funds, self-assessment tools, and exemplar graduation standards.
State policy makers considering similar legislative action may find the listed tools and resources useful as models. In addition, the accompanying list of articles discussing Maine’s implementation efforts will provide valuable insights. This well-organized overview of one state’s journey may also interest researchers and educators.
Source Organization: CompetencyWorks