Category Archives: Assessment

First Early Childhood Education Institute planned for this month

The Maine Department of Education’s first Early Childhood Education (ECE) Institute will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on August 23-24 for over 200 invited ECE professionals.

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Temporary job opportunities: Assessment Administrators

Westat Data Corporation is recruiting motivated individuals who are committed to excellence and are experienced in working with primary and secondary school students for the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (also known as NAEP or The Nation’s Report Card) for the National Center for Education Statistics, a part of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Preliminary assessment participation data available

The following priority notice was sent on July 12

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to share preliminary participation rate data for general assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy for grades 3-8 (eMPower™ME) and third year high school (SAT).

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Maine DOE announces 2016-17 testing dates

The following Priority Notice was sent on Wednesday, June 15

To better assist the field with planning for the 2016-17 school year, the Maine Department of Education has released testing dates for the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS), including the required Maine Educational Assessments and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The testing dates are as follows:

  • MEA (Alternate) Science
    • 12/1/2016 – 4/30/2017
  • MEA – English Language Proficiency
    • 1/17/2017 – 3/3/2017
  • MEA (Alternate) English Language Proficiency
    • 1/17/2017 – 3/3/2017
  • NAEP (selected schools)
    • 1/30/2017 – 3/10/2017
  • MEA (Alternate) Math & ELA/Literacy
    • 3/6/2017 – 5/12/2017
  • MEA – Math & ELA/Literacy (grades 3-8)
    • 3/20/2017 – 4/14/2017
  • MEA – Science (high school)
    • 4/3/2017 – 4/14/2017
  • MEA – Math & ELA/Literacy (high school SAT)
    • 4/5/2017
  • MEA – Science (grades 5 & 8)
    • 4/24/2017 – 5/5/2017

As a reminder, the Department recently announced anticipated release dates of the 2015-16 assessment results.

Join the MEA listserv for assessment related announcements, and for contact information on individual assessments, visit here.


Estimated release dates of 2015-16 assessment data

The Maine Department of Education is negotiating a contract with vendor FocalPointK12 to deliver the 2015-16 assessment results via an online reporting system. The Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) is expected to be launched in the coming months and will provide both public and confidential access to data, replacing Measured Progress’ iServices portal.

To keep educators and the public informed, the Department has developed an expected timeline of release for the various assessments conducted during the 2015-16 school year. Although the timing for much of the data is later than desired, it is anticipated that the 2016-17 data will be released much earlier since Maine’s assessment and reporting systems will not undergo major changes in 2016-17.

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MEA Alternate Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (MSAA) Closes

The MSAA alternate assessment closes this Friday, May 13.

All “in progress” assessments must either be closed or submitted by 5:00 p.m.  No extensions are available.

Assessments for students that have received a Special Consideration should remain open.  All requests for additional Special Considerations must be received by the Department by the close of the assessment on Friday, May 13.

For assistance, contact Alternate Assessment Coordinator Sue Nay at 624-6774 or


Error in packaging creates confusion for PAAP returns

The Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP) pick up by UPS on May 3 will occur regardless of a potentially late submission of the electronic Principal Certification of Proper Test Administration.  All PAAPs must be ready for UPS pick up in school offices by 8 am Tuesday, May 3.

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Assessing the assessment

The administration window for the Maine Education Assessment (MEA) for mathematics and ELA/literacy (grades 3-8) has come and gone, but the work is far from over for the Maine Department of Education.

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Maine DOE seeks assessment waiver

The following notice was sent to superintendents and NCLB coordinators on April 15, 2016.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), requires that State assessments cover the full range of the state’s academic content standards.

Maine’s English language arts/literacy standards include standards for speaking and listening. However, our state assessment, at this time, does not assess speaking and listening.

The Maine DOE is choosing to proceed thoughtfully as we explore options for how to best assess speaking and listening. In order to effectively design these assessments, we need time to research options, listen to educators, test our technology, and work with our testing contractors.

Maine will be requesting a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 school years from the requirement to assess speaking and listening.

We invite public comments through April 29, 2016, about this waiver request.

Questions and/or comments may be directed to Charlene Tucker, Director of Assessment & Accountability at

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and alternate score reports and family resources available

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 score reports were made available online on April 8 here on the WIDA website and printed reports will be delivered on April 15.

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