The standards, adopted in 2011 to be fully implemented in 2013-14, emphasize more complex content and concepts and the development of real-world skills like problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking and communication – necessary for Maine students to succeed and Maine’s economy to thrive. The strengthened standards set a high bar for all Maine students, no matter their school, and provide a common language for students, parents and teachers to use when discussing expectations. How Maine educators go about helping students meet and exceed those standards – including curriculum, required reading or instruction – remains entirely a local decision.

To learn more about the standards, visit:  Maine Department of Education or visit:  Common Core