Educational Technology

July 1, 2017

How diplomas based on skill acquisition, not credits earned, could change education

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by LILLIAN MONGEAU, Hechinger Report

By 2021, students graduating from Maine high schools must show they have mastered specific skills to earn a high school diploma. Maine is the first state to pass such a law, though the idea of valuing skills over credits is increasingly popular around the country. When such a system works, it’s meant to offer students clarity about what they have to learn and how they are expected to demonstrate they’ve learned it. Students have more flexibility to learn at their own pace and teachers get time to provide extra help for students who need it. Ideally, every diploma in Maine would signify that students had mastered the state’s learning standards.

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