Standards & Instruction - Science & Engineering

As part of the Maine Department of Education’s commitment to supporting schools in the delivery of effective K-12 science and engineering instructional programs, this page provides links to resources to support implementation of Maine’s Science and Engineering standards.

Science & Engineering Standards Review

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Maine’s current Science and Engineering standards were signed into law on April 19, 2019 and are heavily adapted from the Next Generation Science Standards.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) This is a searchable site by keyword, grade, practice, crosscutting concept or disciplinary core idea.


Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) Extended Performance Expectations 

The Extended Science Expectations [EPEs] are Maine’s alternate achievement standards in science.  These standards are derived from the Next Generation Science Standards, reduced in complexity and deconstructed into smaller, more accessible steps for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  The EPEs are the building blocks of Maine’s alternate assessment in science, the MSAA Science.