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Maine Course Pathways

August 14, 2011

Recruiting additional schools for 2011-12 school year

The Maine Course Pathways project has developed a system to determine whether high school students are given the opportunity to learn all required state standards. The goal is to help schools validate curriculum and academic programs while maintaining local control over the content and sequencing of courses. In the Maine Course Pathways project, a partnership between the Maine Department of Education and the Educational Policy Improvement Center, teachers work collaboratively to create course syllabi. The course syllabi serve as powerful information-sharing and learning tools. Content experts review the syllabi to give feedback on evidence of standards alignment. After review, schools analyze pathways to determine the possible course sequences that will provide students a fair opportunity to fulfill standards in a content area.

A video conveying the components and benefits of the project has recently been released at  It features administrators, teachers, and Maine DOE personnel currently involved in the Maine Course Pathways project.

Maine Course Pathways has multiple benefits, including helping teachers understand the depth and breadth of standards and hone their standards-based curriculum. Analyzing data across courses helps schools identify gaps and duplication in standards coverage. Additionally, schools validate students’ exposure to standards in a variety of environments, including Career and Technical Education programs.

The project, which is expanding to include the Common Core State Standards, is currently recruiting additional schools for the 2011-2012 school year. MDOE funds the project; there is no cost to participating schools.  More information on the project can be found at You may also contact us at

Educators are invited to register to join one of the MCP School Information Webinars listed below to find out more about this project (please register at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the webinar you plan to attend). To register, click on the following link or paste it in your browser:

Date options:

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
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