Elementary & Middle School Assessments
Maryland School Assessment
The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading and math achievement that meets the testing requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The test is given each year in early March in reading and math at grades 3 through 8 and in reading at grade 10. The MSA is also given in geometry after students complete a geometry course. MSA Science will be administered to fifth and eighth grade students. Scores from the MSA and other state tests are posted on the Web at www.mdreportcard.org.
General MSA Information
- The test includes multiple-choice questions and questions requiring written responses.
- It measures basic as well as higher level skills.
- Students take the tests for approximately 90 minutes each day. There are four days of testing––two days for reading and two days for math.
- The scores will show how well students learned the reading and mathematics skills in the State Curriculum. MSA scores will also show how children performed compared to other students across the nation.
Modified Maryland School Assessment (Mod-MSA)
The Modified Maryland School Assessment (Mod-MSA) was an alternate assessment to the Maryland School Assessment Program (MSA) for students with academic disabilities. However, the last administration of the Mod-MSA in reading and mathematics for students enrolled in grades 3 through 8 was administered in March 2012. For more information about the elimination of the Mod-MSA click here.
Scholastic Reading Inventory
The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a series of reading tests for students in elementary through high school. The tests are based on the Lexile Framework , that can help teachers accurately asses their students' comprehension levels and match them with appropriate tests for successful reading experiences.
National Assessment of Educational Progress
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only ongoing, nationally representative measure of what America's students know and can do in key subject areas. For more than 35 years, NAEP has provided valuable information on student achievement to policymakers, educators, and the general public. The NAEP test is administered in selected schools each year to fourth and eighth grade students. Detailed information can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.