Supports & Resources

Administration Materials are in the process of being updated and will be available soon. Stay up to date on anticipated documents by subscribing to the MEA Listserv and reviewing the MEA Calendar, or visiting our Monthly Updates for the Assessment Team.
Math & ELA/Literacy

TBD with NWEA Information

General Science

TBD with New Meridian Information


Parent Overview (PDF) - Pages 1 - 4 of this document provides a parent overview explaining the MSAA. Each section thereafter breaks down grade level information for each content area of the assessment. Webinar Qs and A (PDF) Common questions asked by TAs. Participation Flow Chart (PDF) Use this flow chart to help determine whether a student should participate in the MSAA. Writing Rubrics provide grade level rubrics for Tier 2 and Tier 3 expectations


Maine Alternate Assessment Guidelines (PDF, 203KB). This document provides the criteria to determine if a student should participate in an alternate assessment.

2019-20 One Percent Support Webinar Science Alternate Extended

Performance Expectations (EPEs) - Elementary Science Alternate

Extended Performance Expectations (EPEs) - Middle School Science

Alternate Extended Performance Expectations (EPEs) - High School

WIDA Access for ELLs
ACCESS for ELLs Parent FAQ

English language development standards

Arabic (PDF, 76KB)

Chinese (PDF, 137KB)

English (PDF, 82KB)

French (PDF, 116KB)

Khmer (PDF, 88KB)

Kinyarwanda (83KB)

Portuguese (PDF, 83KB)

Russian (PDF, 96KB)

Somali (PDF, 84KB)

Spanish (PDF, 82KB)

Vietnamese (PDF, 290KB)

National / International

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

NAEP Questions Tool Data Tools - For comparisons between States and data sets for creating custom reports using NAEP's Data Explorer, Item Map and Questions Tool

Sampling Fact Sheet (PDF)

NAEP Sampling (PDF)

Communication Toolbox

ISR Parent Letter Translations

General Asssessment  Alternate Assessment 
Arabic (DOC) Arabic (DOC)
Chinese(DOC) Chinese (DOC)
English (DOC) English (DOC)
French (DOC) French (DOC)
Khmer (DOC) Khmer (DOC)
Kinyarwanda (DOC) Kinyarwanda (DOC)
Portuguese (DOC) Portuguese (DOC)
Russian (DOC) Russian (DOC)
Somali (DOC) Somali (DOC)
Spanish (DOC) Spanish (DOC)
Vietnamese (DOC) Vietnamese (DOC)


2019 ISR Webinar

View 2019 ISR Webinar 2019 ISR Student Report Webinar Slides (PDF)


MEA Assessment Letter to Parents Spring 2020

MEA Parent Letter Feb. 2020 (DOCX) Alternate Assessment Family Flyer (DOCX)

Alternate Assessment Family Flyer

Electronic Distribution of ISR through School Messenger


ISRviaSchoolMessenger ISR Cut Score Letter 3-8 ISR Cut Score Letter HS
Federal Requirements

Section 1111(b)(2)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 requires the same assessment be used to measure the achievement of all public elementary and secondary school students in the state.

Section 1111(b)(2)(B) Requirements: The assessments under subparagraph (A) shall - (i) Except as provided in subparagraph (D), be
(I) The same academic assessments used to measure the achievement of all public elementary school and secondary school students in the State; And (II) Administered to all public elementary school and secondary school students in the State;

Section 1111(c)(4)(E) of ESSA indicates: (E) Annual Assessment of Achievement - (i) Annually measure the achievement of not less than 95 percent of all students, and 95 of all students in each subgroup of students, who are enrolled in public schools on the assessments described under subsection (b)(2)(v)(I). (ii)For the purpose of measuring, calculating and reporting on the indicator described in subparagraph (B)(i), include in the denominator the greater of
(I) 95 percent of all students, or 95 percent of all such students in the subgroup, as the case may be; or (II) The number of students participating in the assessments (III) Provide a clear and understandable explanation of how the State will factor the requirement of clause (i) of this subparagraph into the statewide accountability system.

Federal statute requires that parents receive a notification indicating their right to request the districts policies and procedures regarding student participation in state and local assessments. When this information is requested, the district will provide all applicable information to families. The district should be prepared to provide families with their assessment related policies and procedures, this would include an non-participation (opt-out) procedure if the district and school has such a procedure in place.

Section 1112(e)(2)(A) of ESSA indicates: (2) Testing transparency
(A) In general At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the local educational agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by Section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or local education agency, which shall include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of such assessment, where applicable.