High school assessments are a test of a student's knowledge of Core Learning Goals contained in certain course content areas. The tests will be given after the student completes a course containing the Core Learning Goals. In 2013 Students are required to take tests in English, Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, and Government.
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The Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) are tests that measure school and individual student progress toward Maryland's High School Core Learning Goals in in English, Algebra/Data Analysis, Government and Biology. Passing the HSA is a graduation requirement. Students take each test whenever they complete the course. For example, some students may take Algebra in seventh grade while others may not take it until tenth grade. The tests contain multiple-choice questions and questions requiring written responses. These questions are based on the content outlined in Maryland's Core Learning Goals. More information on the Core Learning Goals and sample test questions are available at mdk12.org/assessments/high_school/look_like/.
The Government HSA was reinstated with the 2012-2013 school year and students enrolled in the Government course must take the Government HSA. Students entering 9th grade in the 2012-2013 school year or in a prior year do not need to pass the Government HSA but, may choose to use the score to meet testing requirements by means of the combined score option for a combined score. Resources have been developed to help students prepare for the Government HSA including public release and sample assessment items. Theses resources can also assist teachers with designing appropriate formative and summative assessments for their students.
For a student who entered the 9th grade in or after the 2005-06 school year to graduate from high school with a Maryland High School Diploma, he/she must meet the testing requirement as well as meet the State course requirements, service learning requirements, and local graduation requirements.
Starting with the administration of the Government HSA in the 2012-2013 school year, the following rules apply: Students entering 9th grade in the 2012-2013 school year or in a prior year (including students who entered 9th grade in 2011-2012, 2010-2011, or 2009-2010) do not need to pass the government HSA for graduation but may choose to apply the score toward a combined score. These students have two options to meet the combined score option.
Students entering 9th grade in school year 2013-2014 and beyond MUST pass the Government HSA, meet the combined score of 1602, or use the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation to meet the HSA testing requirement.
There are three options to meeting the testing requirement, as follows:
A student who has not passed an HSA test after two attempts would be eligible for the Bridge Plan if he/she:
Local school systems determine when a student may begin work on a Bridge Plan.
No. The Bridge Plan is a series of challenging projects linked to the Core Learning Goals tested by each HSA. Once a student is deemed eligible by the local school system to particpate in the Bridge Plan, he/she must complete one or more projects as determined by the student's highest HSA score in a specific content area.
A designated school staff member will meet with the student and parent/guardian to design an Academic Validation Project Package. The Academic Validation Project Package includes a number of forms that indicate which project module(s) the student must complete, the assigned work period, and the assigned project monitor. The forms also verify that the student's Academic Validation Project Package will meet the core values of academic integrity.
Once a student completes his/her Academic Validation Project Package, a local review panel, established by the local school system, will review the materials and provide a recommendation to the local superintendent. The local superintendent will conduct a final review for approval or refusal of the student's work.
If the Academic Validation Project Package is approved, the student will have met the testing requirement for the specific HSA. If the Academic Validation Project Package is refused, written feedback will be provided to the student so he/she can continue work on the Project Package and resubmit at a later date. A student can also submit an appeal of a local superintendent's refusal in writing to the State Superintendent.
Yes. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recognizes that Maryland has a diverse population of students with diverse needs. The Modifed HSAs (Mod-HSAs) were developed for a small portion of students with disabilities. The Mod-HSAs are based on the same course content as the HSAs, but the question format may be altered.
To earn a Maryland High School Diploma, students must still meet all credit, service learning, and attendance requirements as well as any local school system requirements. A summary of state graduation requirements is available on the Maryland State Department of Education Web site at http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/testing/hsa/.