Department of Testing, Research and Evaluation

Elementary and Middle Schools

MSA Science

The Maryland School Assessment in Science(MSA Science) measures higher order thinking skills, as related to science concepts in the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC). First administered in 2007, this assessment is required for all diploma-bound students in Grades 5 and 8. MSA Science meets the requirements of the 2001 No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which mandates that students must be assessed in science a minimum of one time in elementary school and one time in middle school. In addition, NCLB requires that students be tested once during high school. Biology High School Assessment (HSA), which is also a graduation requirement, is used for this purpose. 

General MSA Science Information:

  • The Grade 5 assessment measures student learning, as related to the VSC concepts from both Grades 4 and 5.
  • The Grade 8 assessment covers the VSC concepts from Grades, 6, 7, and 8.
  • Each student receives a score on the assessment that is then categorized as being in one of three score ranges: Basic, Proficient, or Advanced.
  • The data generated from the assessment are useful for both instructional and school improvement purposes.


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests are high quality, computer-based K-12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy). They are carefully crafted to give teachers, schools, students, and parents better and more useful information on how we're preparing our kids for their futures.

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 
For further information contact:

Peggy Harrington
Test Administration Supervisor (Elementary/Middle School) 

 Pauline Carey
Test Administration Specialist (Elementary/Middle School)   

Sarah Crisman
Test Administration Specialist (Elementary/Middle School)



Executive Director, Yakoubou Ousmanou

Owens Road Elementary School
1616 Owens Road
Oxon Hill MD 20745

tel: 301.702.3860 
fax: 301.702.3866

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