MEA FAQ

faq

Questions:

1. After a testing session, can I throw away the student login tickets?
2. What are the writing genres for the 2018 MEA Essay?
3. How many MEA test sessions are there and what are the times for each session?
4. Should we share the MEA writing scoring rubric with students in advance?

5. Do we require kids who are opting out to do the practice tests?
6. If the testing time is supposed to be 70 minutes, does the 70 minutes include the time that it takes to give the directions or does the time start after directions are given?














































1. After a testing session, can I throw away the student login tickets?
That depends, if you just tested students on Math Session 1, Reading Session 1 or Writing Session 1, you must collect and hold on to those tickets until the next day because students will need those same login credentials in order to gain access to session 2. If your students just completed session 2 Math, Reading, Writing, or the Essay, then yes, you may collect and then dispose of their login tickets.















2. What are the writing genres for the 2018 MEA Essay?
The essay genres are the same this year as they were last year:

  • Grade 6, Argument (W1)
  • Grade 7, Informational (W2)
  • Grade 8, Argument (W1)
















3. How many MEA test sessions are there and what are the times for each session?

 Test Section
 
Testing Time
     6th 7th 8th
 Mathematics    75 75 75
 Reading    80 80  80
 Writing & Language    35 35 35
 Essay    80 80 80
 Total Testing Time    460 460 460


4. Should we share the MEA writing scoring rubric with students in advance?

Sure. It would be wonderful if students could see how their essay will be scored ahead of time. It would be a good idea to present this to them in the days leading up to the test will reviewing the other released items. It is very important for test security though that students NOT have access to any copy of this rubric either printed or displayed as a poster in the testing room.















5. Do we require kids who are opting out to do the practice tests?

No, there is no need for students whose parents have opted them out of the testing to take part in the practice tests activities.




















6. If the testing time is supposed to be 70 minutes, does the 70 minutes include the time that it takes to give the directions or does the time start after directions are given?
On your testing schedule you will see that prior to each testing session there is a slot of time called "Transition to Testing"  Besides students getting where they need to be, this time is for students to log into the testing session and to receive the instructions from the teacher. So, in answer to your question, students should begin (and time should start) close the time on the schedule.  If there is a significant delay for some reason for all your students to begin testing, then you should extend your testing time by that amount of time beyond when you gave instructions.

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2018 West Corporation. All rights reserved.