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Maine Schools Moving to Proficiency-based Diplomas

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    April Hattori

EL Mentor School Casco Bay High School was ahead of its time nine years ago when it began implementing proficiency-based diplomas that are awarded when students meet set standards in both school subjects and in things like problem solving skills, instead of accumulating a certain number of credits.  Today, school boards across Maine are rewriting their high school diplomas requirements simillar to Casco Bay's.

Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce said, "Colleges have been very open to this system, and I think it may give us an advantage because colleges know our kids have been coming in with excellent preparation. And it gives them a better sense of what our kids can know and do upon graduation."

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