Standards-Based Diploma Announcements
Principal’s Memo To: Curriculum Committee
From: Christian M. Elkington & Larry Malone
Re: SBD Timeline for Spring 2016 (final)
Suggested Next Steps/Timeline:
- February 8th: Updated “Frequently asked Questions” section
- February 22nd review at Curr. Com. Mtg.
*Approved recommendations and suggested adjustments
*Updated Question Answers
- By Feb 25, send District Instant Alert to Grades K-9 parents/guardians about 3- 14-16 District Mtg.
- The week of Feb. 29th through March 11th, school newsletters will include information and another K-9 instant alert will be sent out
- End of February: Update MHS’ SBD Page
- March 14th have short Curriculum Committee meeting and then from 6:30 – 8:00 PM have District Meeting update in MHS Aud.
- 3rd week of March send SBD Update to K-9 parents & guardians
- Sometime at an April school board meeting, discussion with full school board about progress with SBD will occur
- By middle of May, public meeting update and Q & A meeting (date determined by April Break)
- End of May, send SBD Update to K-9 parents & guardians
- End of June public meeting, update and Q & A meeting (date determined by end of May)
- Middle of July, send SBD Update to K-9 parents & guardians.
Regular feedback & updates, along with suggested policy changes will go to the Curriculum Committee at monthly meetings.
2-8-16 SBD Approved Recommendations and Changes Memo
The following are the recommendations approved by the Curriculum Committee last
year. If a change is being requested you will see it highlighted.
1.) Which class will graduate with a SBD?
- Class of 2019
– Move to the Class of 2020.
-- Start with the 4 core areas and the Guiding Principles as RSU57’s
expectation for the Class of 2020.
2.) How will we report student proficiency to Students, Parents & Guardians?
- Learning Targets to receive a score based on a rubric, reported
by target in Empower.
- A non-weighted 4.0 College Rubric Scale will be used.
- LT scores will be based on evidence collected within a course.
- LT progress will be reported by course/ semester.
3.) How will we assess content area/strand proficiency on the transcript?
- To average the final LT’s under their Measurement Topic.
- For Empower to show an in-progress average of the LTs so
that teachers, students, parents & guardians can see overall
4.) What will be our proficiency baseline score for the Class of 2019?
- A student must earn an average score of 2.75 on each MT
within a course and within each strand (subject)
- That a student can’t receive any individual LT scores below a
- Overall MT/Course Score to be 2.5.
- 80% of MTs must meet this expectation in each subject area
graduation requirement for the Class of 2020.
- For the Class of 2019 and all proceeding classes a course grade
of a 2.5 is the minimum needed to ear credit.
- For students with an IEP, the IEP Team will determine
foundational knowledge expectations for those areas the student is
identified w/a disability in.
5.) Do we allow for quarter points above 2.0?
- No, only .5 increments will be used
6.) Will LT scores below a 2 be recorded?
- No, student scores below 2 will be considered:
o IP for In-Progress
7.) How will we assess Maine’s Guiding Principle proficiency?
- To convert from the present three MHS Work Habits to the
five Maine State Guiding Principles.
- For each course to report progress in meeting 2 Guiding
Principles (#s 2 & 4), by course as we did with the MHS Work
Habits, using school-wide rubrics.
- To earn the RSU 57 Standards-Based Diploma students for the
class of 2019 and all classes thereafter must have an average of
2.75 on each individual Guiding Principle by the end of their
7th semester of their senior year.
- That the remaining three Guiding Principles (#s 1, 3, & 5) be
assessed through a student-developed, evidence-based portfolio
supported through their Advisor in the MHS Advisory
- The Guiding Principle score for each GP will be a 2.5
8.) What will progress reports look like?
- The progress and report card will report out on LTs &
Guiding Principles B & D by course
- The transcript will report out on LT proficiency by reporting
out on Measurement Topics (MTs)
o The overall MT score will be determined by an average
of the LT’s under that MT.
9.) Will students have the opportunity to earn advanced recognition?
- Yes, using a college Dean’s List system after each semester
- We will use the college Latin Summa, Magna, & Cum Laude
process (Potential to have several students meeting Summa
Cum Laude honors using a non-weighted 4.0 scale)
- Students will be able to earn the Latin Summa, Magna, Cum
Laude recognition in each of the eight content areas (math,
science English etc.)
- Students will be able to earn a Latin Summa, Magna, or Cum
10.) What do we do about the State’s World Language expectations?
- That we go with an immersion program in one language at
MHS (Spanish because 1/5 of the world’s pop. speaks Spanish)
- That we go with conversational expectations, to meet the state
- That we allow students to take alternatives to Spanish through
- That we start to phase-out French starting in 17-18 (16-17 last
year we offer French 1), as the state law expects us to have all
students demonstrating some World Language proficiency in
order to graduate and to have World Language expectations
for students each year
Requested changes –
-That we continue to look at immersion options 6-12 &
-That we wait to see what the state suggests before our next
11.) Will there be, one MHS Diploma or will there be diploma options for
- One diploma with four different levels of academic recognition/
distinction, where students can receive an MHS Standards-
Based Diploma or a Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and
Summa Cum Laude Standards-Based Diploma
12.) Are there to be added expectations for a student earning a Standards-
Based Diploma in RSU #57?
b. 50 Service Learning/Community Service hours
c. For each student to complete a portfolio to demonstrate
proficiency in meeting Guiding Principles 1, 3, & 5
i. A Sophomore Exhibition for the end of sophomore year
ii. A culminating Senior Project/ Experience to be completed
and presented in a student’s senior year
To: RSU 57 K-11 Parents & Guardians
From: Christian M. Elkington
Re: Standards-Based Diploma Feedback Process
Law 1422 has been on the books for several years with the important Standards-Based
Diploma adjustment completed during the 2012-2013 Legislature. The Maine Dept. of Ed
has spent the last several years trying to assist districts with their next steps. During this
time we have been spending a considerable amount of time researching what the
opportunities could be for our students and learning in moving toward the mandated
Standards-Based Diploma. Our efforts have been based on improving the instruction and
learning our students receive at Massabesic High School and in our district as a whole.
Only through an approach and focus system-wide, will real growth and progress be made.
We made visits, invited guests to visit with us and have belonged and worked with a
cohort of schools learning together.
Through this work we came up with a number of ideas for discussion and planning. Upon
further review and research the recommendations were submitted to the RSU 57
Curriculum Committee. We received final approval at the March RSU 57 Curriculum
Committee Meeting and are now expected to receive further input from all stakeholders.
Please understand that the next step in this process as well as the expectation from
our District’s Curriculum Committee is to collect feedback from parents, guardians,
students, and staff.
The feedback process started this May with some initial meetings first being held at our
district’s elementary schools. This process was to continue at the school level, but was
changed as concerns about this process were shared. These concerns are understandable
as information flys to all very fast in today’s world.
Our structure for sharing information has changed to a new format of Informational
Meetings. The first set of these meetings will be held in the Massabesic High School
Auditorium at 6:30 PM:
- Monday, June 15th
- Tuesday, June 23rd
- Late August and early fall, follow-up dates will be shared shortly
We hope to see you there!
Hi All! It is clear from recent comments, questions and concerns that there is some
confusion on the implementation process for RSU 57's and Massabesic High School’s,
- The Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018 will NOT be asked to change to a new
Standards-Based Diploma in their remaining years at MHS
- The Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018 will continue to use the transcript being used
by the Class of 2014
- The Class of 2016 will not have adjustments made to the following:
During the 2015 – 2016 school year each class will see one change with how student
progress is reported on progress reports and report cards. These will look different, as
they will be coming from the Empower/Educate Program used in grades K-8. Each report
will explain progress based on the Learning Targets within each of course in 2015-2016.
These reports will share student progress following a 1-4 rubric scale we have been using
for several years at MHS. For students in grades 10 – 12 course rubric scores will be
converted to a Zero to 100 scale on their transcript.
Information about the new progress and report card will be available online and shared
with all sometime this June.
Informational Meetings will be held in the Massabesic High School Auditorium at 6:00