Programs & Initiatives

The Maine Department of Education coordinates a variety of mathematics programs, policies and initiatives. These programs include recognition programs for teachers and students and initiatives geared toward strengthening aspects of mathematics education in the State.

  • Common Core State Standards. The Maine Learning Results were most recently updated in 2011 to include Common Core as the standards for math and English language arts, better preparing our students for success in college, career and civic life by creating deeper, more rigorous and clearer expectations for learning.
  • Cross Discipline Literacy Network (CDLN) Mathematics Strand. The CDLN, created in 2012, provides professional development and support for literacy in mathematics.
  • Maine Governor’s Academy for Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) Education Leadership. The Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM Education Leadership is based on the model of the successful National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, which has built national leadership for science and mathematics reform.
  • Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Maine schools have led the way for more than a decade when it comes to harnessing the power of technology to make learning a customized, engaging and demanding endeavor.
  • Math in Career & Technical Education (CTE). Math in CTE is a model of instruction developed and tested by the National Research Council for Career and Technical Education, which relies on a partnership between a CTE teacher and a mathematics teacher to improve CTE student mathematics achievement.
  • The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. The Presidential Awards Program recognizes outstanding mathematics and science educators. To see other Maine DOE-related awards and recognition for individual or groups of educators, visit our Educator Awards page.
  • Proficiency-Based Learning. A growing number of Maine schools are adopting an innovative approach to student learning—one in which learning is the constant and time is the variable.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). The Maine DOE believes that greater access to quality STEM teaching and learning can positively impact student career options and personal and civic decision-making, and give students a vital role in strengthening Maine’s economy. The Department believes that student understanding in the STEM areas is essential to being an informed citizen and a successful participant in the workplace.