Standards & Instruction

As part of the Maine Department of Education's commitment to supporting schools in the delivery of effective K-12 instructional programs, this page provides links to resources to support implementation of Maine’s literacy-related academic standards. How schools implement these standards is entirely a local decision.

Maine's ELA Academic Standards


  • Instruction & Curriculum. School districts make decisions about the identification of instructional strategies and the development of curriculum that will provide students the opportunity to learn and demonstrate proficiency of the expectations established in the Maine Learning Results, ELA/Literacy. The following professional development resources will support the transition to and the implementation of the CCSS for ELA/Literacy:
  • Maine DOE Data Warehouse. Use the statewide longitudinal data system to help inform instruction based on data-driven decisions.
  • Center for Best Practice. The Department's Center for Best Practice, supported by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, was established to focus on research and reporting related to proficiency-based systems in Maine. The Center serves as a clearinghouse of materials, support and case studies related to learner-centered instructional practices.
  • Education Evolving: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learner’s First. Maine's strategic plan that sets objectives and action steps for building an education system that meets the needs of all learners, from early childhood into adulthood, and prepares them for college, careers and civic life.