Proficiency-Based Learning

Teaching and learning all ways. Learning and teaching always.

Proficiency-based learning means that our educators, schools, and district are committed to ensuring that all students can independently apply our expectations. How is this different than traditional/industrial age schools? What should you expect in a proficiency-based learning school?

We now live in the digital age, and our students are digital age learners. Growing, living, and succeeding in the digital age requires different mindsets and skills than in an industrial age. Students need to learn to collaborate, connect, critically think, and create in varied ways. It is no longer “good enough” to leave high school with a “barely passing” average. It is no longer “good enough” to move on simply because of a birthday. Our students and community deserve the best, and “barely passing” and “moving on” are not what is best. So, as a result, we are changing. We are rethinking how we “do school.” From grade levels, to grading, to testing/assessment, to class length, to the diploma. We are creating schools that are based on the needs of the learners. We are putting students first. And we will be diligent in our efforts to make sure all students meet our high expectations of learning and performance.

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“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein


Meet Matt Drewette-Card, Director of Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment

Matt Drewette-Card has been the Director of Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment for AOS #94 since 2012. He is recognized as a visionary and statewide leader in Maine’s transition to a proficiency-based learning system, technology integration, educator effectiveness, creative and effective instructional techniques, and design thinking. Learn more about Matt by connecting with and following him on Twitter and Instagram, or on his blog: