Last rites for proficiency-based learning

Last rites for proficiency-based learning

If everything had gone according to plan, all Maine high school seniors would now be graduating with diplomas based on their ability to show they were proficient in math, English, science and other subjects. No longer would diplomas be a reflection of how much time a...
Education bill targets Maine’s ‘blunder of all blunders’

Education bill targets Maine’s ‘blunder of all blunders’

AUGUSTA — Calling the implementation of proficiency-based education in Maine “the blunder of all blunders” on Wednesday, Rep. Justin Fecteau (R-Augusta) outlined his vision for how high school diplomas should be issued moving forward. In 2012, Maine lawmakers passed a...
Pender Makin: From a whisper to a bullhorn

Pender Makin: From a whisper to a bullhorn

New Commissioner Pender Makin, who earned a reputation as a “kid whisperer” for her work as a principal at The REAL School on Mackworth Island and honors as Maine High School Principal of the Year in 2013, says her Education Department will be responsive...
Proficiency-based Letdown?

Proficiency-based Letdown?

With Maine schools no longer required to issue performance-based diplomas, some parents and district officials are relieved, but others say they’ll press on with plans that have been in the works for six years. Photo by Gabe Souza. Proficiency-Based Letdown?...