BREWER – Some school districts in the Bangor area are changing graduation requirements since the state has pulled back from its mandate requiring schools to issue proficiency-based diplomas.
Many schools are now reverting to the old system based on course credits but the Brewer School Department is trying a hybrid system.
Students will have to meet credit requirements but their transcripts also will list progress made toward different academic standards.
“We’re keeping the good parts of proficiency-based education. We’re making sure that all students are clear in what their learning targets are, what we want students to know and be able to do by the time they graduate, so that is staying the same,” said Superintendent Cheri Towle.
According to Towle, Brewer’s current sophomore class is scheduled to be the first to graduate with a proficiency-based diploma.