Maine DOE provides final preparation guidance to assessment administrators

The Maine Department of Education is preparing for the 2015-16 administration of the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy. On Monday, March 21, the test window will open for students in grades 3-8 for the new eMPower™ ME assessment developed by Measured Progress. Then on March 30, the test window opens for the MEA Alternate known as the Multi-State Alternative Assessment (MSAA) for students in grades 3-8 and those in the third year of high school.

Maine DOE, working with Measured Progress, eMetric, and College Board/SAT, has made available guidance and resources, plus our continued support to not only School Test Coordinators (STCs) and Test Administrators (TAs), District Assessment Coordinators (DAC), and Technology (IT) Coordinators, but to educators and parents.

The Department’s Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) website pages include the 2015-2016 testing schedule for all assessments. Manuals, training material, and other resources are provided for the eMPower™ ME assessment here and for the alternate MSAA here.

Finally, April 12 is the SAT school administration day with a make-up date on April 27. College Board provides an optional Student Data Questionnaire for third year high school students taking the SAT in Maine. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Maine Department of Education is requiring all schools participating in the April 12, 2016 SAT School Day Administration to have Informed Parental Consent prior to issuing the Student Data Questionnaire. More information about the optional questionnaire can be found here.

As always, please bookmark our MEA for Mathematics and ELA/Literacy website and use the following assessment support contacts with your questions:

Charlene Tucker, Assessment & Accountability Director 624-6827 or charlene.tucker@maine.gov

Andrew Wallace, Technology Consultant meatech.doe@maine.gov

Nancy Godfrey, Maine DOE Assessment Coordinator 624-6775 or nancy.godfrey@maine.gov

Sue Nay, Maine DOE Alternate Assessment Coordinator 624-6774 or sue.nay@maine.gov

Thank you from the Maine DOE Assessment & Accountability Team.