Document review and interviews were conducted with college admissions' personnel to gather data regarding alignment of proficiency-based diploma systems and college eligibility and entry requirements. In addition, leaders and representative personnel from and Maine businesses and the U.S. military were interviewed to identify postsecondary career entry requirements and attributes of high quality workers. Another area of inquiry in this phase of the study included analysis of data from interviews with leaders and educators in Special Education to examine the perceived challenges, benefits and impacts of this diploma policy on students with identified disabilities and special education programming provided by Maine's public PK-12 school districts. In addition, qualitative case studies of a sample of Maine Career and Technical Education centers and regional vocational programs were conducted. Finally, a single school district case study was incorporated into this phase of the research to closely examine Maine public educators' and school administrators' interpretations and perceptions of establishing standards and defining proficiency levels in content areas and developing district-level policies for proficiency-based high school graduation policies.
Stump, Erika K.; Johnson, Amy; and Jacobs, Cathy, "Proficiency-based High School Diploma Systems in Maine: Implications for Special Education and Career and Technical Education Programming and Student Populations" (2017). State of Education. 4.