Improving Maine’s Learning Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts

In the fall of 2014 Maine’s Education Commissioner asked the public and a panel of parents, educators and business leaders to make improvements to plans to make the State’s learning standards for mathematics and English language arts. 

Learning standards set what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

In Maine, standards in eight content areas make up the Maine Learning Results, adopted in 1997. While the standards are established for all public schools by the Maine DOE with approval by the Legislature and the Governor, how educators support students in achieving them is a local decision. Since 1997, there have been four updates to the Maine Learning Results, most recently in 2011 to incorporate what is nationally referred to as Maine's College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. The Common Core was developed through a state-led effort and has been voluntarily adopted in 43 states.

Through the update process, the public and a panel selected by the Commissioner was asked to assess the rigor and clarity of the standards and offer specific suggestions for their improvement. 

The Maine Learning Standards Review Panel was comprised of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, school board members, college professors and business leaders.

Panel Members

The following community members participated in the 2014 review of Maine's College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics

  • Carolyn Arline, Richmond HS/RSU # 2 (Dresden, Farmingdale, Hallowell, Monmouth and Richmond) Math Teacher
  • Kim Buckheit,Troy Howard Middle School Principal
  • Sandra Cookson, RSU 87 (Carmel and Levant) Curriculum Coordinator
  • Becky Fles, MSAD 11 (Gardiner, Pittston, Randolph and West Gardiner) School Board Member
  • Peter Geiger, Geiger, State Board of Education Chair and Educate Maine Board Member
  • Heidi Goodwin, MSAD 54 (Canaan, Cornville, Mercer, Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Smithfield) Literacy Coach
  • Sherri Gould, Nokomis Regional HS/RSU # 19 (Corinna, Dixmont, Etna, Hartland, Newport, Palmyra, Plymouth and St. Albans) English Teacher
  • Paul Hambleton, Maine Education Association Deputy Executive Director
  • Chris Howell, Windham High School Principal
  • David Lentini, Attorney and Executive Committee Member of No Common Core Maine
  • Sally Loughlin, Director of Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction and Professional Development at MSAD 51 (Cumberland and North Yarmouth)
  • Pender Makin, The REAL School Director
  • Heather Manchester, MSAD # 17 (Harrison, Hebron, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, South Paris, Waterford and West Paris) Curriculum Director
  • Kelly McCormick, Ph.D., University of Southern Maine Associate Professor, Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Joyce McPhetres, Maine Community Health Options Chief Human Resources Officer and former State Board of Education Member
  • Ginny Mott, Maine PTA President
  • Mary Nash, MSAD/RSU 35 (Eliot and South Berwick) Superintendent
  • Steve Pound, Ph.D., Cianbro and Educate Maine Board Member
  • Laura Reynolds, Lawrence Jr. High School/MSAD # 49 Teacher
  • Jen Robitaille, Lisbon Community School Title 1A Math Teacher
  • Heidi Sampson, Executive Committee Member of No Common Core Maine and State Board of Education Member
  • Marlene Tallent, Maine School Boards Association President-Elect
  • Robb Warren, Vinalhaven School Leader
  • Cathryn A. Wimett, Ph.D., University of Maine at Farmington Associate Professor of Elementary Education

Current Standards

Mathematics standards (PDF, 1MB)
English language arts standards (PDF, 1MB)

Final Report

Maine Learning Standards Review Panel Report. (PDF, 1MB) Submitted by Judy Enright and Cathy McCue, Process Facilitators