Maine’s Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS)
When the Maine State Legislature adopted the Learning Results in 1996, it established learning standards for all Maine students educated at public expense. The legislation also required that a new system for assessing student progress be established. This assessment system has several components. The State components include the Maine Educational Assessment that is given to students in grades 3-8. Individual student scores are reported in reading and mathematics for all students in grades 3-8, with additional student scores in writing reported at 5 and 8 and science reported at 4 and 8. Another State component is the Maine High School Assessment that is given to students in grade 11. Individual student scores are reported for critical reading, mathematics, and writing. Local assessment will include a variety of assessments.
The Comprehensive Assessment System is designed to serve three purposes:
- inform and guide teaching and learning;
- monitor and hold educational units accountable in achieving the Learning Results; and
- certify achievement of Maine’s Learning Results.
The Maine Department of Education is supporting school systems in the development of their local assessment systems to measure achievement of Maine's Learning Results. Maine statute sets forth the general requirements as follows:
There is a need for assessment information at both state and local level to measure progress and ensure accountability regarding the system of learning results, which must be accomplished through a comprehensive system of local and state assessment, involving multiple measures to determine what each student knows and is able to demonstrate regarding the standards of the system of learning results.
Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) - The Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) is designed to measure student and school progress in achieving the high academic standards set forth in Maine’s Learning Results.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - Since 1969, the mission of National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) 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. In 1990, the mission of NAEP was expanded to provide state-by-state results on academic achievement. The No Child Left Behind Act directs all schools receiving Title I funds to participate in NAEP assessments as needed.
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