Maine Through Year Assessment: Math & Reading


What is assessed?

  • Maine's accountability standards: the Common Core State Standards in Reading and Math

Who participates in the Maine Through Year Assessment?

  • Students in grades 3-8 and 2nd year of high school

What is the format of the assessment?

  • Online (Paper-based forms are available as an accommodation per an IEP or 504 plan.)

When is the assessment given?

  • Fall (Required): October 2, 2023 - November 3, 2023
  • Winter (Optional): January 2, 2024 - February 16, 2024
  • Spring (Required): April 22, 2024 - May 31, 2024
  • Assessments are untimed and can be split into multiple sessions as needed.



Winter 2024 Administration Resources

Spring 2024 Assessment Coordinator Training

  • District and school assessment coordinators should attend this training to learn about technology readiness and installing the secure testing browser, assessment management in Acacia, accessibility, and reporting. There are two sessions; coordinators need only attend one.

Professional Learning Opportunity

Other New Resources


Resources for Maine Through Year Assessment

Structure of the Maine Through Year Assessment video

A Tale of Three Assessments: What are the similarities and differences between the Maine Through Year Assessment, NWEA's MAP Growth assessment, and the Maine Science Assessment?

NWEA's Slides from the Information Session Held Dec. 14th

Quick Reference Videos:


Transition to the Maine Through Year Assessment Q&A - Updated October 12, 2023

2023-24 Manuals and Guides

ALL manuals and guides can be found on our Maine Through Year NWEA Connection page: 

Professional Learning and Trainings

Maine Through Year Assessment Coordinator Training (September 7 & 12, 2023)

NWEA's Professional Learning Online


2023-24 For Students


For Teachers and Curriculum Coordinators 

Proctor Training Video

    What is a computer adaptive test? Video


      For Technology Coordinators


      For District and School Assessment Coordinators

      Spring 2024 Assessment Reset Process Flow


      For Parents (2023-24)


      Spring 2023 Technical Report and Appendices: 

      The Spring 2023 Maine Through Year Assessment Technical Report provides technical information regarding the following topics:

      • Test Design and Development
      • Administration and Security
      • Item Statistics, Calibration, and Scaling
      • Technical Quality and Validity
      • Inclusion of All Students
      • Achievement Standards and Reporting

      Technical Report Appendices


      Assessment Blueprints: All items on the Maine Through Year Assessment are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The assessment blueprints specify targets for the distribution and number of operational score points aligned to each content category.

      Through Year Assessment Item Development

      General Achievement Level Descriptors: Achievement level descriptors define the characteristics of student performance on the state assessment at each of the four achievement levels: Well Below, Below, At, and Above State Expectations. 

      Achievement Level Explorer Tool: The Achievement Level Explorer Tool breaks down each of the General Achievement Levels by the grade-level standards assessed on the Maine Through Year Assessment in Reading and Math. 

      • Mathematics Instructional Area - CCSS Alignments: For each administration of the Through Year Assessment, instructional area subscores are produced for students. This document provides information regarding the alignment of instructional areas to CCSS strands for mathematics. (Please note that for Reading, the Instructional Areas align with the categories presented in the Achievement Level Explorer Tool.)

      Math Reference Sheet: This reference/formula sheet is provided to all students on the math assessment in the fall, winter (optional), and spring. This is accessible within the assessment platform, and paper copies may be distributed to students. Please see below for Math Reference Sheet translations:

      Desmos Calculators

      RIT to Concept Reference: You can enhance the instruction of students who scored within a given RIT score range with these word lists and associated concepts.

      Item Type Samplers
      The following item type samplers represent grade-level content in math and grade-span content in reading similar to content in the summative portion of the Maine Through Year Assessment. Item type samplers provide students the opportunity to become familiar with the platform and interact with the various tools provided.


      Online Item Type Sampler (in web browser)

      If you are having difficulties accessing the online Item Type Sampler, please try clearing your cache.

      Math Online Item Type Sampler Answer Keys

      Reading Online Item Type Sampler Answer Keys


      Paper Item Type Samplers





      2023-24 Accessibility Guide

      Accessibility Recording (September 14, 2023)

      2023-24 Human Reader Protocol 2023-24 Accommodated Paper-Based Assessment Request Form Note: For the Through Year Assessment, selecting braille form as an accommodation for a student during the registration process will automatically generate a braille order to be shipped to your school. Guidance for Human Reader for Reading Passages (Grades 6+)


      Scoring & Reporting

      Scoring and Reporting Q&A Document

      Reports Interpretive Guide

      RIT Score Comparability

      Understanding Maine's Achievement Levels in Reading and Math from Spring 2021 to Spring 2023:

      • Full version (3 pages): Contains details regarding norm-referenced means and standard deviations as well as cut score tables
      • One-pager: An abbreviated version for those seeking a brief overview of changes from Spring 2021 to Spring 2023

      Student Score Data File Format: The Student Score Data File is a csv file available at the SAU-level that includes all test event information for all students in the SAU. It can be accessed by those with the District Assessment Coordinator role in MARC (MAP Growth platform).

      Accessing Maine Through Year Assessment Data for the Comprehensive Needs Assessment

      Individual Student Report (ISR) Template Translations

      Spring 2023 Individual Student Report Template Translations

      Spring 2023 and Spring 2024 Supplemental Page for Families

      Grade 3 (English)

      Grade 4 (English)

      Grade 5 (English)

      Grade 6 (English)

      Grade 7 (English)

      Grade 8 (English)

      High School (English)

      2023-24 Resources for MAP Growth Assessment Reports

      How to move students between districts

      MAP Growth Information from the Maine Through Year Assessment - Overview 

      MAP Growth Information from the Maine Through Year Assessment - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

      Condensed Reports Portfolio

      How to manage users in MAP Growth

      MAP Growth report details

      ME MAP Growth Rostering Quick Guide

      Krista Krista Averill
      Assessment Coordinator
      Phone: 207-215-6528


      For technical support with the Acacia or MAP Growth platforms, please contact:

      NWEA Maine Partner Support: (855) 430-1777 

      (7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST)