• High School Assessment

    Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) in Local, State, National Government

    An end-of-course tests that measures progress toward Maryland’s High School Core Learning Goals (CLGs) in Local, State and National Government. High school students enrolled in government must take the assessment at the completion of the course as part of the graduation requirements.  Scores from the HSA and other state tests are posted on the Web at www.mdreportcard.org.

     *Local Education Agency (LEA) requests for High School Assessment (HSA) scores or credit given for Academic Validation Projects (AVP) should be emailed to: test.scorerequests@pgcps.org 


    PARCC’s annual assessments are available in English language arts/ literacy and mathematics for grades 3-8 and high school. They serve as the states’ new annual tests. The tests were developed over several years by a wide range of educators, researchers, psychometricians, and others from the PARCC states. Key milestones included developing college-and career-ready determination policies and performance-level descriptors in ELA/literacy and math to describe: 
    1. What it takes for students to succeed in entry-level, college courses and relevant technical courses, and 
    2. The knowledge, skills, and practices students performing at a given level are able to demonstrate at any grade 

    Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)

    Measures student achievement on the Maryland Content Standards in Science in Grade 5 (testing content from Grades 4 and 5), Grade 8 (testing content from Grades 6, 7 and 8) and Grade 11 (testing content in earth/space science, life science, and physical science). The Grade 11 assessment is one of the four tests required in Maryland for graduation.

    ACCESS for ELLs

    Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.
    Informational Websites
    Maryland State Department of Education http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde
    Maryland High School Assessment http://hsaexam.org
    PARCC http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resource
    Bridge Plan to Academic Validation http://www.hsaexam.org/about/options/bridge_plan.html
    Helpful Documents
    Maryland's HSAs and the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation PARCC Resources for Maryland

    For further information contact:

    Troy Brockett
    Test Administration Supervisor (High School) 

    Donna Bradshaw, Ed.D.
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)

    LeKeisha Render
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)