Diploma Requirements

Governor LePage signed into law PL 2017, Chapter 466 on July 10, 2018, allowing SAUs to either award proficiency-based or credit-based diplomas. This change takes effect on December 13, 2018.

Following the most recent changes in diploma requirements, the Maine Department of Education remains committed to advancing the The Core Priorities and Goals for Putting Students First. As part of that plan, the goals, listed below, for Learner-Centered Education Early Childhood Through Adult describe an educational system that, if implemented statewide, can support all students in achieving success in life and career beyond graduation.

  • Students personally invested in their own learning as preparation for career and life
  • Engaging learning experiences that develop aspirational mindsets
  • Approaches to education that prioritize integrated, real-world contexts for learning and gaining career and life skills
  • Early identification of learning gaps and timely, effective interventions
  • Comprehensive assessment systems that provide timely, accurate evidence of student progress that can inform practice
  • High quality, integrated adult learner programs serving individuals and communities



Maine Learning Results

Guiding Principles of The Maine Learning Results

Understanding the Guiding Principles – a Resource developed by the Maine DOE and epic, Educational Policy Improvement Center.

Side-by-side comparison of the two diploma options (PDF) »


    For information on diploma requirements or Department initiatives: Beth.Lambert@maine.gov or 207- 624-6642

    For inquires: Kelli Deveaux, Director of Communications, Maine Department of Education, (207) 624-6747