Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for Science is a state summative assessment which aims to evaluate the depth of students’ scientific knowledge. Results are primarily used to determine student academic progress, and may be used by specific schools to assist in curriculum design. It is administered to students in grades 5, 8 and in the third year of high school assessing the areas of Earth/Space, Matter/Energy/Force/Motion, and the Living Environment. Please use the links below to navigate to across this page.
Maine DOE is currently requesting proposals for a new general science assessment for implementation in 2021. Previously, it was a pencil and paper exam, made up of both multiple choice and constructed response questions.
Assessed standards in MEA Science include the physical setting (universe and solar system; earth; matter and energy; force and motion) and the living environment (biodiversity; ecosystems; cells; heredity and reproduction; and evolution.
Every year, approximately 25% of the questions asked on each exam have been made available for students who wish to practice. Please visit the MEA Science section of the resource page linked here for sample questions.
The Assessments team defines ‘supports’ and ‘accommodations’ as two separate entities: Supports may provide more accessibility to the test and are determined on an individual basis by an educational team such as Response to Intervention (RtI), Student Assistance Team (SAT), and/or Language Acquisition Team. Supports must be consistent with the student’s normal routine during instruction. Provision of supports does not alter the construct of any test item. Accommodations are changes in procedures or materials that do not alter what the test measured, and are used to increase equitable access during assessment for students for whom there is a documentation of the need on an Individualized Education Program/Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan.
Any support(s) or accommodation(s) used for the assessment of an individual student will be the result of a team decision made at the local level. All decisions regarding the use of supports/accommodations must be made on an individual student basis – not for a large group, entire class, or grade level. Supports/ accommodations are available to all students on the basis of individual need regardless of disability status and should be consistent with the student’s normal routine during instruction and assessment. Students with significant cognitive disabilities may qualify for the Science Alternate Assessment (SAA).
- Spring 2020 MEA Science Test Coordinator & Test Administrator Training (PDF): This document includes information regarding test design, administration standards and preparation from 2020.
- MEA Science Administration Resources: Visit this link to access resources regarding assessment administration.