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
- The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science and Technical Subjects (CCSS for ELA/Literacy). The English language arts and literacy standards in the Maine Learning Results have been recently updated to include the Common Core.
- Getting Familiar. Professional development resources to support understanding of the CCSS for ELA/Literacy.
- Early Childhood Learning Guidelines. These guidelines direct 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. The guidelines also consider the core elements contained in the Maine Learning Results, which include the CCSS for ELA/Literacy.
- 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.