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LISTEN: Does a ‘proficiency-based’ diploma provide more proof of learning?

Podcast looks at Maine's push toward proficiency

By 2021, all schools in Maine will be required to convert to a proficiency-based diploma. Hechinger’s Lillian Mongeau, engagement editor and West Coast bureau chief, says the idea is that “the diplomas will be somewhat equivalent to each other and they’ll really stand for something concrete.”

This week’s episode of Educate, a partnership between The Hechinger Report and  APM Reports, the national documentary and investigative unit of American Public Media, looks at this idea, as well as the idea of competency-based education.

This podcast is part of a three-part series on proficiency-based education in Maine. Read more about how it’s going, where it’s not working and what the future of the system might look like.

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