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Upcoming MEA Testing for Grades 3-8 and Grade 11

posted Mar 15, 2016, 4:52 AM by Susan Capwell   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 4:54 AM ]
Starting the week of March 21st, Searsport District Middle School students will begin the state-mandated standardized testing - the MEAs - and in April, Juniors will participate by taking the SATs. Testing will look different this year than in previous years, as there is a new testing platform.

At grades 3-8, Maine will be using an assessment called eMPower™ME, a computer-based assessment developed
by Measured Progress, the same testing company that develops Maine’s science assessment.  There will be a 4-week testing window, from March 21 to April 15, 2016, during which students will sit for 7 separate testing sessions. During this time, it is especially important to ensure that your student receives enough rest, a good breakfast, and comes to school every day on time. If you have questions about the specific testing schedule for your student, please contact the Main Office. For more detailed information about the MEA and eMPower™ME, including links to State DOE-provided materials, visit

For 3rd year high school students, Maine will be using the redesigned SAT, developed by the College Board. A priority consideration in selecting the new high school assessment was the relevance of the test for students and their parents as they focus on preparation for their next steps after high school.  The SAT in the spring of 2016 will be administered as a paper-based test on a single day, April 12, 2016.  For students who miss the April 12th administration, there will be a makeup test available on April 27, 2016. For questions about the SAT, please contact the SDHS Guidance Office

For more information about MEA testing at Searsport District Middle High School, please see this letter from Principal/Superintendent Chris Downing.