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Redesigned MEA Scores Show Improvement
Scores in Grades 3 through 8 rise in math, reading and science
August 23, 2007
AUGUSTA – Test scores for Maine students in grades 3 through 8 improved or remained the same in reading, math and science since last year. Schools across Maine have received student and school reports from the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA), redesigned last year to measure the achievement of all students’ progress toward meeting Maine’s Learning Results, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8. The assessment continues to measure science and technology at grades 4 and 8 and writing at grades 5 and 8.
In addition to improved average scaled scores, the percentage of students who met or exceeded the standards increased in every grade and subject area, except third grade reading where the percent remained unchanged. The data will be used as the basis for determining the list of schools making Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB. That list will become available sometime in September.
This year’s results provide the second year of data since achievement standards were reset and allow for year-to-year comparison. Comparisons were not possible last year because the new standards had not been previously in place. The standards are reset roughly every five years.
“These results, which include individual schools and statewide data for grades 3 through 8, will provide rich information to us and to schools, allowing data-driven decision-making on implementing Maine’s Learning Results,” said Education Commissioner Susan A. Gendron. “This provides a great tool for improving teaching and learning.”
The MEA is a challenging test, composed of a combination of multiple-choice questions and items that require students to construct their responses. Scores are reported by the percent of students scoring in each of four achievement levels: Exceeds, Meets, Partially Meets, and Does Not Meet the standards, as well as on a standards-based scale of 80 points.
A summary of MEA results, including school level scores, may be viewed at the Maine Department of Education homepage at: http://www.maine.gov/education/mea/edmea.htm . This MEA data will provide the basis for Adequate Yearly Progress reports to be released in September. Scores for the Maine High School Assessment will be released in September.
Selected Observations from MEA Data
Summary data and additional data by school and by district is available online at: http://www.maine.gov/education/mea/edmea.htm
David Connerty-Marin, Director of Communications, Department of Education, 207-624-6880
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