The class of 2018 at high schools throughout Maine will be the first to graduate under a proficiency-based system mandated by a 2012 law. But with that class just months from starting its freshman year, the implementation of the system is proving to be a daunting task, requiring technical and financial resources school districts are finding difficult to obtain.
Absent those resources, many schools — largely from poorer districts — will not hit the goals outlined in the law. The state, which has done well to raise school standards, has to follow through on this effort, with additional guidance and funding, to make sure it is successful.
In May 2012, Gov. Paul LePage signed into law L.D. 1422, which requires schools to start issuing by 2018 diplomas based on student proficiency in certain academic areas.