Math & ELA/Literacy

As outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act, students are required to participate in statewide ELA/literacy and mathematics assessments in grades 3-8 and one year of high school.  To read more about both the general and alternate assessments in ELA/literacy and math, please visit the specific assessment pages below.

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Maine Through Year Assessment

The Maine Department of Education has partnered with NWEA to provide to students in grades 3-8 and 2nd year of high school an assessment for mathematics and reading, delivered through the Acacia platform. The Through Year Assessment is computer-based and adaptive, adjusting the difficulty level of the questions presented to the student based upon student response. Student achievement is measured both according to grade-level Common Core State Standards as well as according to a RIT score which allows for comparisons of academic growth across students and time.

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The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is Maine’s alternate assessment for Math & English ELA/literacy. This assessment is administered in grades 3-8 and 3rd year of high school and is designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.



Krista Averill
Maine Through Year Assessment Coordinator
Phone: 207-215-6528


Jodi Bossio-Smith
Director of Assessment
MSAA Coordinator
Phone: 207-530-1462