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Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS)
What is measured matters. Educational assessments provide timely, accurate information about the skills and academic growth of students, schools and the state as a whole. They also ensure schools are held accountable for the progress of their students.
The Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) provides educators and parents valuable tools to understand where every public school student is and where they may need additional support to become college and career ready by graduation. In addition to the assessments offered by the State, individual districts may choose to use their own local assessment instruments and/or teacher-developed classroom assessments.
Starting in the spring of 2015, Maine will use the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, as its annual statewide assessment. This new computer adaptive assessment measures higher-order thinking in Maine’s recently updated standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy, including both the content and the concept and skills embedded in them. In addition to being used by stakeholders to improve instructional practices, the results will be reported for State and federal accountability purposes.
In addition to the Smarter Balanced developed MEA for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) includes:
- Maine Educational Assessment for Science and its alternate, the Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP)
- Optional high school assessments to support students in their pursuit of post-secondary opportunities
- National/International assessments
A complete calendar of 2014-15 MeCAS testing dates is available here.
Director of Assessment & Accountability
Acting Assessment Coordinator