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Maine Learning Results: Updated To Reflect the Common Core Standards
Academic standards provide a set of clear expectations as to what students should know, understand and be able to explain as they progress through each K-12 grade level.
Since 1997, Maine has had the Maine Learning Results as its State standards for eight content areas and periodically updates them to ensure they are aligned with the evolving expectations of colleges and careers in the 21st century. The Maine Learning Results were most recently updated in 2011 to include Common Core as the standards for English language arts and math, better preparing our students for success in college, career and civic life by creating deeper, more rigorous and clearer expectations for learning.
The updated standards, adopted after a public process in 2011 and fully implemented in the 2013-14 school year, emphasize more complex content and concepts and the development of needed real-world skills like problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking and communication — imperative for Maine students to succeed and our state to thrive. The strengthened standards set a high bar for all Maine students, no matter their school. How Maine educators go about helping students meet and exceed those standards — including curriculum, required reading or school operations — remains entirely a local decision.
Shared standards with other states is not new to Maine. Since 2009, Maine has had its standards in common with New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, when these states began using the same assessment, the NECAP.
- Improving Maine’s Learning Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts. Maine’s Education Commissioner is asking the public and a panel of parents, educators and business leaders to inform improvements his Department plans to make to the state’s learning standards for mathematics and English language arts.
- Maine DOE Newsroom items on the Common Core State Standards
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Common Core State Standards Initiative. The standards themselves and a host of resources.
- Council of Chief State School Officers
- Smarter Balanced Assessments. These tests, which will first be administered in the spring of 2015, will measure student progress toward meeting the Common Core State Standards at each of the tested learning levels over the course of an entire school year.