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?

  • Two untimed sessions (Reading and Math)
  • Spring: May 1-26, 2023
  • NOTE: The fall and spring administrations of the Through Year Assessment are required. The winter administration remains optional.

Through Year Assessment Checklist


What's New!

Access to the Acacia (Maine Through Year Assessment) platform opened on Monday, April 3. You can access the Acacia platform by logging into the NWEA MAP platform and clicking "Maine Through Year" in the left-hand menu.

Transition to the Maine Through Year Assessment Q&A - Updated April 21, 2023

New Quick Reference Videos:

  1. Operational Reports
  2. Registration Upload
  3. Group Upload
  4. View Students
  5. Manage Online Testing
Resources for Maine Through Year Assessment
Informational Video for New Schools and New District Assessment Coordinators


Manuals and Guides

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

Professional Learning and Trainings

Administration of the Maine Through Year Assessment (March 16 & 21)

Maine Through Year Assessment 101

Accessibility and the General Assessments

NWEA's Professional Learning Online


For Students


For Teachers and Curriculum Coordinators 

Maine’s Journey to the New Through Year Assessment: With its first administration in Spring 2023, the Maine Through Year Assessment will provide educators with actionable information to support student learning. Read more to learn about the transition to the Maine Through Year Assessment and its impact on educators. 

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. 

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. 

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.

What is a computer adaptive test? Video

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


For Technology Coordinators


For District and School Assessment Coordinators

Assessment Reset Process Flow


For Parents

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)

The online item type sampler answer keys can be found on the NWEA Maine Connection page.


Paper Item Type Samplers



Individual Student Report (ISR) Template Translations

Resources for MAP Growth Assessment Reports

Reports & Data Resources:

Reports for Teachers:

Reports for District Assessment Coordinators and Leadership: