Math & ELA/Literacy

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.


Math Class
Maine Through Year Assessment

The Department has partnered with NWEA to provide to students in grades 3-8 and 2nd year of high school, an assessment for mathematics and reading. The 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.

Administration Materials are in the process of being updated and will be available soon. Stay up to date on anticipated documents by subscribing to the MEA Listservs, , or visiting our Monthly Updates for the Assessment team