Standards-Based Diploma Feedback Process

posted Jun 13, 2015, 2:06 AM by Massabesic highschool   [ updated Jun 13, 2015, 2:09 AM ]

Principal’s Memo

To: RSU 57 K-11 Parents & Guardians

From: Christian M. Elkington

Re: Standards-Based Diploma Feedback Process

Date: 5-28-15

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!