Maine Through Year Assessment: Math & Reading


What is assessed?

  • Maine's accountability standards: the Common Core State Standards in Reading and Math

Who participates in the Maine Through Year Assessment?

  • Students in grades 3-8 and 2nd year of high school

What is the format of the assessment?

  • Online (Paper-based forms are available as an accommodation per an IEP or 504 plan.)

When is the assessment given?

  • Fall (Required): October 2, 2023 - October 27, 2023
  • Winter (Optional): January 2, 2024 - February 16, 2024
  • Spring (Required): April 22, 2024 - May 31, 2024
  • Assessments are untimed and can be split into multiple sessions as needed.

Fall 2023 Through Year Assessment Checklist


What's New!

Access to Fall 2023 registration in the Acacia (Maine Through Year Assessment) platform opened on Monday, August 28. You can access the Acacia platform by logging into the NWEA MAP platform and clicking "Maine Through Year" in the  menu.

Transition to the Maine Through Year Assessment Q&A - Updated August 31, 2023

Quick Reference Videos:

  1. Operational Reports
  2. Registration Upload
  3. Group Upload
  4. View Students
  5. Manage Online Testing
Resources for Maine Through Year Assessment
Informational Video for New Schools and New District Assessment Coordinators (2022-23)


2023-24 Manuals and Guides

ALL manuals and guides can be found on our Maine Through Year NWEA Connection page: 

Professional Learning and Trainings

Maine Through Year Assessment Coordinator Training (September 7 & 12, 2023)

2023-24 Accessibility and the Maine Through Year Assessment

RIT Score Comparability

NWEA's Professional Learning Online

Maine Through Year Assessment 101 (2022-23)


2023-24 For Students


For Teachers and Curriculum Coordinators 

Proctor Training Video

Maine’s Journey to the New Through Year Assessment: With its first administration in Spring 2023, the Maine Through Year Assessment provides educators with actionable information to support student learning. Read more to learn about the transition to the Maine Through Year Assessment and its impact on educators. 

Assessment Blueprints: All items on the Maine Through Year Assessment are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The assessment blueprints specify targets for the distribution and number of operational score points aligned to each content category.

General Achievement Level Descriptors: Achievement level descriptors define the characteristics of student performance on the state assessment at each of the four achievement levels: Well Below, Below, At, and Above State Expectations. 

Achievement Level Explorer Tool: The Achievement Level Explorer Tool breaks down each of the General Achievement Levels by the grade-level standards assessed on the Maine Through Year Assessment in Reading and Math. 

  • Mathematics Instructional Area - CCSS Alignments: For each administration of the Through Year Assessment, instructional area subscores are produced for students. This document provides information regarding the alignment of instructional areas to CCSS strands for mathematics. (Please note that for Reading, the Instructional Areas align with the categories presented in the Achievement Level Explorer Tool.)

Math Reference Sheet: This reference/formula sheet is provided to all students on the math assessment in the fall, winter (optional), and spring. This is accessible within the assessment platform, and paper copies may be distributed to students.

What is a computer adaptive test? Video

Understanding Maine's Achievement Levels in Reading and Math from Spring 2021 to Spring 2023:

  • Full version (3 pages): Contains details regarding norm-referenced means and standard deviations as well as cut score tables
  • One-pager: An abbreviated version for those seeking a brief overview of changes from Spring 2021 to Spring 2023


For Technology Coordinators


For District and School Assessment Coordinators

2023-24 Assessment Reset Process Flow


For Parents (2023-24)

Item Type Samplers
The following item type samplers represent grade-level content in math and grade-span content in reading similar to content in the summative portion of the Maine Through Year Assessment. Item type samplers provide students the opportunity to become familiar with the platform and interact with the various tools provided.


Online Item Type Sampler (in web browser) - If you are having difficulties accessing the online Item Type Sampler, please try clearing your cache.

The online item type sampler answer keys can be found on the NWEA Maine Connection page.


Paper Item Type Samplers



Individual Student Report (ISR) Template Translations

2023-24 Resources for MAP Growth Assessment Reports

How to move students between districts

MAP Growth Information from the Maine Through Year Assessment - Overview 

MAP Growth Information from the Maine Through Year Assessment - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Condensed Reports Portfolio

How to manage users in MAP Growth

MAP Growth report details

ME MAP Growth Rostering Quick Guide