Students see improvements in final MEA

Posted Aug. 13, 2009, at 1:34 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Education says schools saw improvements nearly across the board in grades from 3 to 8 in reading and mathematics in the Maine Educational Assessment.

The percentage of students meeting standards grew by as much as 8 percentage points in 4th grade reading to 1 percent in 8th grade mathematics. Eighth-grade reading was the one area where there was no improvement; scores were unchanged from the year before.

The past school year marked the final testing under of the 25-year MEA reading and mathematics testing program.

Beginning in October, Maine will join New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island in the New England Common Assessment Program for math and writing assessments for grades 38. Maine will significantly reduce its costs for testing under the new program.

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