MEA Science Resources & Support Materials

The Maine Department of Education is committed to providing the tools and resources schools need as they administer the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA). These resources are designed to provide support to educators and students as they prepare to take the MEA, as well as report out on the technical quality of the assessment system.

  • Depth of Knowledge (DOK)(PDF, 63KB) The Maine DOE codes MEA items for DOK, which means an item's complexity. The definitions for DOK are based on Norm Webb’s work.
  • Released Items. The Maine DOE annually releases 50 percent of the items on the MEA. Released items are available from 2009.
  • Science Achievement Level Definitions & Cut Scores (PDF, 14KB). The achievement level definitions describe student performance for science at each of the four achievement levels reported by the MEA.
  • Technical Report. This report provides information about all aspects of the MEA for Science in Grades 5, 8 and 3rd year high school including test administration, design and development, scoring, reporting, analysis, reliability and validity. This 2016-17 Technical Report is the latest version. Manuals from previous years are available upon request.