Resources & Support Materials

The Maine Department of Education is committed to providing the tools and resources schools need as they administer the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA). These resources are designed to provide support to educators and students as they prepare to take the MEA, as well as report out on the technical quality of the assessment system.

  • Data Warehouse. The Maine DOE's Data Warehouse puts data about Maine’s schools in one place where it’s easy to find and easy to understand. Results from the MEA are used to populate the following reports within the warehouse: overall summary, participation, performance level and subgroup. This data is sortable, and comparisons can be made across schools, districts and the entire state.
  • Depth of Knowledge (DOK) (PDF). The Maine DOE codes MEA items for DOK, which means an item's complexity. The definitions for DOK are based on Norm Webb’s work.
  • Helping Your Child Learn Science (PDF, 1.6MB). This U.S. Department of Education brochure provides parents with suggestions to support science learning.
  • Released Items. The Maine DOE annually releases 50 percent of the items on the MEA.┬áReleased items are available from 2009.
  • Science Achievement Level Definitions (PDF, 18KB). The achievement level definitions describe student performance for science at each of the four achievement levels reported by the MEA.
  • Technical Manual (PDF, 4.2MB). This manual provides information about all aspects of the MEA, including test administration, design and development, scoring, reporting, analysis, reliability and validity. This 2011-12 Technical Manual is the latest version. Manuals from previous years are available upon request.
  • Vocabulary Guidance. The MEA assumes that students understand science concepts identified in the standards.┬áIn addition, the Department provides a list of academic vocabulary and other key science terms included in assessment items.