LEWISTON — Parents of incoming freshmen at Lewiston High School are invited to a meeting Monday night to learn about a new diploma their children will need to graduate in 2018.

The new proficiency-based diploma is the result of a state law. The difference between it and the existing diploma is that students will no longer pass and graduate after accumulating the right number of credits; they’ll pass and graduate after being able to show they’ve mastered what they need to graduate.

The diploma is considered more rigorous, but students will get a better education and learn at their own pace. Grades will be determined by student performance, not on average grades. That means students won’t move on until they know or understand all of their course work.

Extra support for freshmen will be provided at Lewiston High School this fall.

The parent meeting will be at the Lewiston Middle School auditorium at 6 p.m.

Lewiston High School Principal Linda MacKenzie will explain the new diploma and answer questions from parents.

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