Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MECAS)

The Department is not currently administering all statewide summative assessments. All assessment windows are closed in addition to the special considerations module. Further questions should be directed to Janette Kirk, Chief of Learning Systems at

Assessing student learning is an essential aspect of education, as it provides data that can lead to improved instruction and outcomes. Assessments take many forms, and each type of assessment has distinct value and purpose in a comprehensive assessment system

The MECAS provides information about the academic progress of students, schools, and the state as a whole. The MECAS includes state assessments, known as the Maine Educational Assessments, which measure the progress of Maine students in the areas of English Language Arts and Literacy, Mathematics, and Science. The variety of assessments in MECAS allows for comparisons between Maine students and students in other states and nations. These comparisons can help educators, families and communities, and educational agencies measure quality of curriculum, address achievement gaps, and understand where additional supports may be needed.

Special Consideration Exemption Request – This process for assessment exemption is intended to be used in the rare instances when a student cannot participate in either instruction or assessment. In these cases, a request for State approval of non-participation must be made through the NEO Portal. Webinar and associated PowerPoint with additional information is forthcoming.

2019 - 20 MEA Operational Procedures Manual (DOC) - This document assists schools with participation, enrollment, and administration issues. The Operational Procedures Manual should be used in conjunction with each MEA's Test Coordinator/Administration Manual.  Updated March 2020

District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) & Data Specialists Lookup - Use this to search for Assessment Coordinators and Data Specialists in each district.


Janette Kirk
Interim Director of Assessment

Nancy Godfrey
Assessment Coordinator

Regina Lewis, Ph.D.
NAEP & International Assessment Coordinator

Cheryl Brackett
Management Analyst