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Assessing student learning is an essential aspect of education, as it provides data that can lead to improved instruction and outcomes. The Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MECAS) provides information about the academic progress of students, schools, the state, and the nation as a whole. The MECAS includes state assessments, known as the Maine Educational Assessments, as well as national and international assessments.
Assessments take many forms, and each type of assessment has distinct value and purpose. In a balanced assessment system, state and national assessments are one “piece of the puzzle,” and the results are meant to be triangulated with multiple other data sources to provide a comprehensive picture of student learning at the state, district, school, and student levels. In Maine, state assessment data are also used to inform the state’s accountability model and determine where supports and resources are most needed. As a part of this collaborative process between Maine’s educators, schools, SAUs, and the Maine Department of Education, we continue to strive to ensure that every child has an equitable opportunity for success.
Questions about Maine Educational Assessments? Reach out to a member of the Team!
February 2024 Office Hours
Next Office Hours will be held on March 13th at 12:00 pm.
Director of Assessment
|Regina Lewis, Ph.D.
NAEP & International Assessment Coordinator