Standards define what students are expected to know and be able to do at each level of education in order to, ultimately, be prepared for the rigors of college, careers and civic life. Maine law outlines a specific set of standards for each of the eight subject areas defined in State statute.

Eight Content Areas

Maine statute requires that schools provide instruction in eight content areas: 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.

The standards for those eight content areas are included in the Maine Learning Results. For math and English language arts, Maine has incorporated the Common Core State Standards – shared by 45 states – into its Learning Results. In science, Maine is one of 26 states participating in the development of Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Maine Learning Results. The Maine Learning Results outline what students should know and be able to do in all eight subject areas defined by Maine statute.
    • Common Core State Standards. The Maine Learning Results have been updated to include the Common Core State Standards reflecting college and career readiness for ELA/mathematics. Maine is one of 45 states to adopt these internationally benchmarked expectations for student learning in math and English language arts.
    • Guiding Principles. The knowledge and skills described in the Maine Department of Education Regulation 132 support Maine students in achieving the goals established in Maine’s Guiding Principles.
  • Next Generation Science Standards. Maine is helping lead the charge to develop shared standards for science learning that focus more on inquiry and investigation than fact memorization.

Career & Technical Education

  • Career & Technical Education Industry-Related Standards. Maine's career and technical educators use the skills in demand by industry as the basis for determining what's expected of students studying career paths ranging from health care and automobile collision to horticulture to welding.

Early Childhood

English Language Development (ELD)

Maine’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards. Maine adopted the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) ELD Standards. WIDA's standards outline the progression of English language development and exemplify how to teach academic language within the context of content area instruction. Maine’s ELD Standards encompass: Social and Instructional language; the language of Language Arts; the language of Mathematics; the language of Science; and the language of Social Studies. This is the language that language learners must acquire and negotiate to participate successfully in school.

  • The WIDA Standards Framework and its Theoretical Foundations. The standards framework consists of five components: Can Do Philosophy; Guiding Principles of Language Development; Age-appropriate Academic Language in Sociocultural Contexts; Performance Definitions; and Strands of Model Performance Indicators.