Proficiency Based Education and GEAR UP Maine 

All public schools in Maine are required to implement a standards-based diploma based on student demonstration of proficiency. The GEAR UP Maine grant requires participating districts to provide additional instruction, practice time and academic support to help students achieve proficiency and progress in their education until expected standards are met. 

In partnership with the regional collaboratives, GEAR UP Maine will provide professional development to the district College Access Teams (CATs) to assist in the transformation to proficiency-based education.

GEAR UP Maine partners will work together to ensure that GEAR UP Maine students can make a smooth transition into post secondary education.  

GEAR UP Maine will also provide coordination and information for parent involvement and education around proficiency-based education.

Access to professional development in topics such as differentiation, math strategies, student-led conferences, development of student College Action Plans, and data-driven decision making in the classroom are some of the strategies that will be utilized to assure the translation of standards into the classroom.

GEAR UP Maine districts are required to address their current professional and parental development needs in their yearly CAT plans. The GEAR UP Maine team will provide resources to help districts identify these needs.