A critical component of any proficiency-based education system is a clearly articulated set of learning standards that define what students are expected to know and be able to do. The following set of resources provides support for schools to identify and align standards in a proficiency-based system.

  • Standards in a Proficiency-Based Education. A description of the role standards play in a proficiency-based diploma.
  • Maine's Guiding Principles. A link to the Guiding Principles and the five standards for the Guiding Principles. In 2018 students are required to demonstrate proficiency of the five standards of the Guiding Principles.
    • Understanding Maine's Guiding Principles. (PDF, 747KB) A researched-based framework created to convey the knowledge, skills, and dispositions embedded in the Maine Learning Results' Guiding Principles. The frameworks describe what it may look like when students exhibit the intentions of the Guiding Principle across the content areas by using discipline neutral language. The Guiding Principles frameworks are not a replacement for the Maine Learning Results Guiding Principles but rather a resource for understanding their spirit and intent.
  • Eight Content Areas of the Maine Learning Results. A link to the eight content areas. These content standards include career and education development, English language arts, health education and physical education, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, visual and performing arts, and world languages. Schools are required to provide a program of instruction aligned to  the eight content areas. In 2018 students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the standards of the eight content areas.
  • The Proficiency-Based Learning Simplified (PBLS) Model. A model showing the relationship among the Guiding Principles, the content standards, performance indicators and unit-based learning objectives.
  • Sample Content Area  Reporting Standards. A set of example content-area reporting standards and performance indicators. These examples show one way that schools can organize content area standards to report proficiency of the standards for the purposes of awarding a proficiency-based diploma.
  • Standards Resources. A set of design criteria, protocols and other resources for creating content area reporting standards.