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About the Maine’s Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS)

What is the Maine’s Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS)?

State Testing Information for Maine

Portions of the following material were taken from the Maine Department of Education website. Please see our links and source sections at the bottom of the page for more details and references.

General Description of the Tests

Maine’s Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS)

  • Designed to serve three purposes:

  • - Inform and guide teaching and learning
    - Monitor and hold educational units accountable in achieving the Learning Results
    - Certify achievement of Maine’s Learning Results

  • Has several components:

  • - Maine Educational Assessment (MEA)
    - New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)
    - Maine High School Assessment (MHSA)
    - Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP)
    - Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
    - ACCESS for ELLs®
    - National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)



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Assessment Information

Maine Educational Assessment (MEA)

  • Grades: 5, 8
  • Subject: Science
  • Designed to measure student and school progress in achieving the high academic standards set forth in the accountability standards of Maine’s Learning Results


New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP)

  • Grades: 3-8
  • Subjects: Reading, Mathematics, Writing


Maine High School Assessment (MHSA)

  • Grade: 11
  • Subjects: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science


Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP)

  • Grades: 2-7, 10, 11
  • Subjects: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science
  • Designed specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities
  • The alternate to Maine’s required state assessments

Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)

  • Grades: 10, 11
  • Subjects: Reading, Writing, Mathematics
  • Intended to help prepare students for the SAT


National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

  • The mission has been to collect, analyze, and produce valid and reliable information about the academic performance of students in the United States in various learning areas.
  • Scores are reported for states and the nation; they cannot be generated for individual districts, schools, or students. They can, however, be generated for subgroups of the population; for instance, boys and girls or urban and rural students.
  • Grades 4 and 8 - Reading, Mathematics, and Science
  • Grade 12 - Science, Civics, Geography, U.S. History or with a hands-on or interactive science task



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