The department of education has begun to release some information concerning the upcoming spring MEA administration.

I will update this page with information as it comes along if you wish to save the bookmark.

Testing Window

2/10/17   Portal Opens   http://maine.measuredprogress.org

  • Student Data Available
  • Enter accomodations in system
  • Enter class/rosters in system
  • Download secure Kiosk
  • Workstation readiness
  • Mobile App (eMPowerMEA)

2/20/17   Browser-based practice test opens

3/20/17  Testing Window opens

4/14/17  Test Window closes

Writing Portion

Beginning with the spring 2017 administration, the eMPowerME Direct Writing assessment will be modified in these ways.

The modes of writing at each grade will be:

o   Grade 3- Informative

o   Grade 4- Informative

o   Grade 5- Opinion

o   Grade 6- Argument

o   Grade 7- Informative

o   Grade 8- Argument

  • Direct Writing will be its own test session avoiding the very long reading-writing session that occurred in 2015-16 and the confusion as students transitioned from reading to writing in the same test session.
  • Passages students reference for the Direct Writing assessment will be specifically written for this test.  They will not be previously published pieces of writing.  That change will allow us to include the full passages when we release the writing prompts, without copyright restrictions.
  • The passages will be shorter than those used in 2015-16, reducing the time required for the Direct Writing assessment.
  • For students requiring the accommodation, text-to-speech or a human reader will be allowable for the Direct Writing assessment as it will no longer be attached to a reading assessment.

Please make use of the writing data from 2015-16, but know that the assessment and the resulting data will not be comparable to later years because of the revisions described above.  The 2015-16 Direct Writing results do not contribute to the overall ELA/literacy scaled scores or the ELA/literacy achievement levels.  Also, the Maine DOE will not be using the 2015-16 Direct Writing for accountability purposes.


About shawncarlson

Assistant Superintendent
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