School Improvement in Maryland
What is MSA?

The Maryland School Assessment will fulfill recommendations made by a state panel of parents, legislators, educators, and business and community leaders (the Visionary Panel for Better Schools) and will also meet the new federal testing requirements of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. It will launch a new decade of progress for our students. --Nancy S. Grasmick, State Superintendent of Schools
The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading, math, and—eventually—science achievement. This test, which has replaced the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP), provides educators, parents, and the public valuable information about student, school, school system, and state performance.
Some facts about the MSA:
The test meets the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
The test assesses the Maryland content standards in mathematics and reading.
The test is administered annually to students in grades 3 through 8.
MSA scores will show how well Maryland children have learned the reading and mathematics skills specified in the State Curriculum. MSA scores will also show how children performed compared to other students across the nation.
The test includes both multiple-choice and short-essay questions.