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Miller writes BDN column on proficiency diploma

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Lynne Miller, emerita professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine, wrote a column in the Bangor Daily News about the state's effort to institute a proficiency diploma.
She described the 2012 legislation mandating the change, local and state disagreements and problems that resulted from number-related assessment codes.
"Without going into detail about the differences in how numbers are used as codes for categories and how they are used as grades, suffice it to say the result has been confusing high school transcripts that are an indecipherable mishmash of numbers and indicators," Miller wrote. This has proved baffling to parents, students, and teachers. Bowing to concerns voiced by these groups, several districts have returned to reporting traditional grades and GPA on the high school transcript in addition to proficiency scores."