Maine is moving forward to a new Science Alternate Assessment which will align to the Next Generation Standards. Maine will begin this transition by participating in a paper-based field test in the spring of 2020. The SAA will become part of the MSAA assessment platform in 2021 as an on-line assessment.
The SAA measures individual student progress for those students which meet the criteria to participate in alternate assessments. The SAA utilizes Extended Science Expectations have been developed to enable our students with the most significant cognitive disabilities an opportunity to show what they are expected to know and can do in relation to the Maine Learning Results. ESE are alternate standards aligned to the Maine Learning Results on which their grade-level peers are measured.
A training workshop for this assessment will occur in late February or early March. Science is assessed in grades 5, 8, third year of high school. These scores are not reported for accountability purposes.
SAA Administration Tools
2019-2020 Administration Handbook (PDF) - Available in February 2020
2019-2020 User Guide (PDF) - Available in February 2020
Training Workshop will be held in the spring – Date to be determined.
2019-20 TA Test Security Agreement (DOC) This agreement is required for all Test Administrators who administer the Science Alternate Assessment. Signed agreements must be sent to District Assessment Coordinators and kept at a mutual site.
2019-20 TC Test Security Agreement (DOC) This agreement is required for all Test Coordinators who monitor administration of the Science Alternate Assessment. Signed agreements must be sent to District Assessment Coordinators and kept at a mutual site.
Maine Participation Guidelines (DOC) Assists in guiding you through determination of eligibility for each student considered for participating in the alternate assessment.
Maine Participation Guidance (DOC) Specifies the criteria used to determine a student's eligibility to participate in the alternate assessment.