Education Evolving: Maine's Plan for Putting Learners First
The research is clear that high-performing education systems are built around rigorous standards for both content and performance. Maine’s Learning Results standards, first adopted in 1997, include content standards in eight areas, framed by an overarching set of Guiding Principles that describe the knowledge and skills believed necessary to prepare every student for college, careers and civic life. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in 2011, Maine joined 45 other states in embracing internationally benchmarked standards for learning in Math and
English Language Arts. Maine is also set to take the lead in the development of next-generation science standards, and continues to participate in national efforts to develop and revise standards in all other content areas.
Rigorous learning standards are meaningless, however, unless they inform instructional practice at the classroom level. As Maine transitions to the Common Core State Standards, it is more important than ever that curricula and materials aligned with the state’s learning standards are made available to educators across Maine.
Maine Department of Education, 2014
Biology class data collection walk SAHS campus, Fall 2014