Asking students to demonstrate development of literacy knowledge and skills is essential in the learning process and indicates whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment information affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, and curriculum.
Accountability and State Assessment
The Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) provides information about the academic progress of students, schools and the state as a whole.
In November 2018, Maine DOE content specialists provided workshops to help Maine educators utilize the released items associated with Maine’s eMPower English language arts and math assessments and MEA science assessment. For those who were unable to attend, recordings of these sessions are now available. The recordings can be accessed at the following links:
Assessment Literacy Series: Using Assessment to Strengthen Instruction. This series is intended to help educators use both State and local assessment data to inform instructional practices.
The 2018 English Language Arts assessment includes essay results. For information about the essay, scoring, and preparing students for 2019, follow Literacy Links, Maine DOE's literacy blog.
2018 SAT workshop materials can also be downloaded and used to support professional learning locally.
Common and Formative Assessment
Often called assessment for learning, formative assessment provides ongoing feedback between the teacher and student to improve teaching and learning. Assessment for learning helps students identify their strengths, weaknesses, and target areas for further learning. Formative assessment also helps teachers recognize where students are struggling so they can address the problem immediately.