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.
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.
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.