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Learning Standards and Guidelines
When the Maine State Legislature adopted the Maine Learning Results in 1996, it established learning standards for all Maine students educated at public expense. These standards identify the knowledge and skills essential to prepare Maine students for work, for higher education, for citizenship, and for personal fulfillment. Since 1996, learning standards have moved to the forefront of education reform. To learn about Maine’s current efforts to develop a standards-based system of education, go to:
Maine Course Pathways
As required by Maine statute, students in Maine will demonstrate achievement of Maine’s Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction. The Maine Course Pathways Project is developing a system to document that all high school students, through course syllabi, are given fair opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the Learning Results through multiple pathways that honor student choice, learning preferences and career aspirations.
Maine Learning Results
Maine Learning Results Rules Documents – Chapter 125 Basic Approval Standards: Public School and School Administrative Units; Chapter 127 Instruction Program, Assessment and Diploma Requirements.
UMS CollegeReady! Preparing for Success in Maine's Public Universities. This University of Maine System site has links for UMS expectations for college readiness in mathematics and writing and the UMS statement for college readiness.
Early Childhood Learning Guidelines in Word or in PDF - The State of Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines serves as a guide for state and local early care and education practitioners’ efforts to improve early childhood professional practice and programs for young children ages three through their entrance into kindergarten. This document considers the core elements contained in the State of Maine Learning Results (K-12). The Guidelines reflect current research on early learning and best practice in early education. The document can be used within and across a wide range of early learning settings—public preschool, Head Start, subsidized child care programs, private child care programs, nursery schools, family child care homes, and informal care settings. The Early Childhood Learning Guidelines are intended to effect greater collaboration and consistency across systems by aligning practice across all early childhood settings and the early grades.
At this time, students in the class of 2010 will be required to demonstrate achievement of the standards of the 1997 Maine Learning Results in English Language Arts and Mathematics in order to graduate. Students demonstrate achievement based on locally determined measures.
Once the Legislature adopts the proposed revised Maine Learning Results and revised graduation requirements, the Maine Department of Education will provide further guidance.
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