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The grassroots online newspaper The Evolution, which publishes news about the impact that nontraditional educational programs have on higher education and society, recently interviewed Linda Schott, president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and Ray Rice, provost, about the university’s transition to proficiency-based learning. Schott and Rice discuss the reasons why the … Read Full Article →

The push to get proficiency-based education into more New England high schools got a boost this week, when 55 public universities in five states endorsed this hands-on approach to learning. Under proficiency-based systems, students need to continuously show that they’re mastering key skills in their subjects throughout their high school careers. Proponents say the stamp of approval from public universities and community colleges will mean a more … Read Full Article →

Most Maine high schools say they need more time to begin awarding diplomas based on proficiency and not seat time or credit hours. Last week, the state gave high schools the option to complete this work by 2020, instead of 2018. A handful, though, don’t need any extension. Jay Field reports from the Midcoast on a high school that’s been focusing on proficiency-based learning for years, and is now serving as a model for others across the state. … Read Full Article →

All of the Public Institutions of Higher Education in Five New England States Endorse Innovative Strategies for Teaching Today’s Young Adults

All the public institutions of higher education in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont have joined the New England Secondary School Consortium and three private institutions to endorse educational … Read Full Article →

At its 2014 National Excellence in Urban Education Symposium held on May 21-23 in San Diego, the National Center for Urban School Transformation awarded Revere High School a Gold Medal award as the Best 2014 Urban School in the United States. The Great Schools Partnership has been working with Revere High School since 2010.
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The Great Schools Partnership continues to produce great resources to support states and districts converting to competency education. They have drawn from what districts are doing in New England and have created Proficiency-based Learning Simplified resources. They are a good resource for states, districts and schools to start the conversation about the new policies and … Read Full Article →