MAMS MEA Testing Resources

Testing Window 
3-8 Math & ELA Testing Window
March 20, 2017  through April 14, 2017

MEA Essay Test Session Monday, May 15, 2017

Important Details Regarding MEA Testing


MAMS MEA Math/ELA Testing Schedule (2017)
MEA Student Testing Kiosk Installation Package (2017)

MEA Math / ELA Home
2016 - 2017 FAQ
Testing Time Schedule (2017)

Student Computer Specifications(2016)

Client Installation Guide (2016)

Sample Items for Writing, Reading, & Math (2016)
See Released Items at top of page as well.

Spring 2017 Directions for Administering Computer-Based Sample Items

Spring 2017 Scoring Guide Sample Items


Portal User Guide (2017)
In addition to the web-based and kiosk-based practice tests, students are encouraged to use the eMPowerME Math, Reading, Writing/Language online Tutorials available here:
Student Online Tutorials(Opened 3/13/17)

2017 eMPower™ME Accessibility Guide


Practice Tests




Reading Session 1 and 2 (80 min. each)

Math Session 1 and 2 (75 min. each) Note: Times are exact. Students must finish in allotted time, or

Writing/Language Sessions 1 and 2 (35 min. each) leave answers blank.

MAMS MEA 2017 Math/ELA Testing Schedule
Click HERE to download the entire testing schedule in one .pdf document.
Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five
Essay 5/15

*Important Details Regarding MEA's.
*In 2016 testing, students were given as much time as they needed to complete the tests. The DOE has used the 2016 data to develop reasonable testing times for each testing session. For example, the actual testing time for Math 1 is 65 minutes. All students who have not finished their testing session can have an additional 10 minutes to complete the test session.  Note: This is available to all students regardless if they have a time accommodation or not. Since this is available to ALL students, the schedules above all have the extra 10 minutes built in.  So a test administrator should inform students when there are only ten minutes left in the testing session.

*If all of the students in your testing session have finished the test prior to the end of the testing session, they are to remain quiet an in your room until the time the session ends has come so as not to disturb those students who are finishing their testing.
*Any students arriving late to school will not take part in that testing session that day and will make up the test on another day.
*Small Group proctors will need to remain with their students until they have completed the test due to the need to meet accommodations and complete the test in one day.  Below is a list of all small group proctors for your information.  As a result of this requirement please anticipate some scheduling dilemmas.
*The Learning Commons classes will take place according to the altered schedule for the week.  While the Learning Commons will remain open during testing, there may not be full staff there, so be mindful of that before sending students there.
*Any technical difficulties, call Bethany and she will contact support for you.
*If the exam freezes on a student laptop, simply turn the laptop off and turn it back on again to continue testing. If issues continue, call Bethany and a tech support person will come to your assistance.
*Students should be given pencils and scrap paper for use during the test.  Pencils can be obtained from the main office.  REMEMBER, you are to collect the scrap paper at the end of each test session and dispose of it.
*Any requests for students to be opted out of the test should be referred to Josh.  Students opting out will be supervised in the Learning Commons .
*MOTOR BREAK and IN-SCHOOL BEHAVIORS - Please be mindful of the fact that other grades may be testing while your students have a motor break.  Motor breaks should be moved to the front of the building rather than the back.  Additionally, please remember that there will be students testing throughout the day, throughout different parts of the building so we are asking that everyone instruct students to act accordingly - act as if there is testing occurring in all rooms throughout the entire day. 

6th Grade Teachers and Exploratory Teachers

Exploratory Teachers should not expect 6th graders to bring laptops to classes on testing days.

6th Grade Homeroom Teachers should have students make sure their laptops are charged before they leave for exploratory classes.

7th & 8th Grade Teachers and Exploratory Teachers Exploratory Teachers should only ask for limited use of laptops on testing days .

All Teachers

Limit network use during team time while other grades are testing in order to prevent overload of the network.

The Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) 
The (MAARS) site provides information about how Maine’s students performed on state assessments in 2015-16 in mathematics, English language arts/literacy, and science.

***Important Information Regarding Direct Writing Assessment for 2017-?***

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 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.


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