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Proficiency-based Learning at PPS

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Proficiency-based Learning: What to Expect in the 2017-2018 School Year

Maine students starting ninth grade in the fall of 2017 will be the first to graduate with the state’s new proficiency-based high school diplomas. The state Legislature has mandated that, starting in 2021, students must demonstrate proficiency in language arts, math, science, and social studies in order to graduate. The Class of 2021 is this fall’s freshman class!

Casco Bay High School and King Middle School already use a proficiency-based learning model. But starting with the 2017-2018 school year, the Portland Public Schools will be transitioning to proficiency-based learning and grading in the district’s other middle schools and high schools. Click on the "Making the Move to High School" attachment here to learn more about proficiency-based learning and some frequently asked questions (FAQs). You can also find attachments below on such topics as Maine law requiring proficiency-based learning; resources for parents; PPS graduation policy; and how colleges and universities evaluate proficiency-based transcripts.

Please contact Interim Chief Academic Officer Sharon Pray with any questions. You may reach her at 874-8100 or