Crown Politics

LePage Repeals Proficiency-Based Diploma Mandate

Students in Maine will no longer be required to graduate under new, “proficiency-based” diplomas.

Gov. Paul LePage Friday signed a bill into law repealing the state’s diploma mandate, which originally went into effect six years ago.

Under the old law, Maine students, beginning in the class of 2021, would have been required to reach “proficiency” in up to eight subject areas in order to graduate. However, teachers and parents criticized the policy, saying it was too demanding for educators and wouldn’t allow some students to graduate.

Republican Rep. Heidi Sampson of Alfred says the law passed on Friday will ease that burden.

“We now can let teachers teach,” she says. “And the students can learn. Because the teachers, who are closest to the kids, know what they need. And they can meet those needs now.”

To read the rest of “LePage Repeals Proficiency-Based Diploma Mandate,” an article by Maine Public writer Robbie Feiberg, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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