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Postponement of 2021 NAEP

The National Center for Education Statistics, with the support of the National Assessment Governing Board, has made a decision to postpone the 2021 national assessment in math and reading, scheduled to begin January 2021, and concentrate on the 2022 assessments. NCES determined that at this time, the NAEP cannot be administered in a manner that would meet the mandated requirements for administration of the assessment, given NAEP’s unique design and methodology. COVID-19 related conditions prevent NCES from administering NAEP safely to a sufficient and representative sample of students that would allow for the reporting of the results in a valid and reliable manner consistent with NCES’ statistical standards and the NAEP Authorization Act (20 U.S.C. 9622(b)(2)(B)).

For more information please visit the NCES page pertaining to the delay of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) assessment.

Read a statement from Chair Gov. Haley Barbour and Vice Chair Alice Peisch reflecting the consensus of the Board in support of rescheduling the NAEP Assessment.


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Shifting the Culture of Assessment

Over the summer months, the team has been working hard with the help of an intern to develop information and infographics to support understanding about Maine’s summative assessments, their purpose and how educators utilize provided data. With this in mind, you’ll notice in communication notices, documentation and website pages that the assessment team is removing “test” terminology and replacing it with the term “assessment.”  This change in terminology reflects the intent of an assessment – to assess where a student is performing in relation to state expectations at a single point in time. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding. For the latest information please visit our Assessment Monthly Update.


New Science Assessment

The Department recently concluded a Request for Proposals (RFP) resulting in the conditional award of a science contract to New Meridian. We are in the process of contract development and will share additional information when it becomes available.  

The Science Alternate Assessment (SAA) will continue to be administered by Cognia. More to come on the spring 2021 administration soon! For the latest information please visit our Assessment Monthly Update.


Helpful Tip 

IT directors/coordinators should ensure that browsers and software on all student devises are updated before the administration of Maine’s Assessments.  Please refer to applicable administration manuals for assessment specifications.  Additional information will be shared with IT directors/coordinators and DACs as it becomes available. For the latest information please visit our Assessment Monthly Update.