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This Week’s HSA Item

HSA Items of the week can be used in a variety of ways by teachers, students, parents, tutors and other interested parties. They may be used as warm-up activity at the beginning of the class or as a review at the end of instruction. Students and parents can use them as an ongoing review to ensure that students have mastered and retained the content they are expected to learn.

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Student Handout with Answer Key, and Objective Information.

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Monitoring Reports

Students can keep a record of their progress on these assessment items by using the Monitoring Report, a tool that lists of of the grade level objectives assessed on HSA. The Monitoring Report contains space for entering multiple assessment results and diagnostic comments.

Monitoring Report for English

HSA Item of the Week

This item is one of the many resources available in the Reading CLG Toolkit.


Read the story “Nonrepresentational Art.” Then answer Numbers 1 through 6.

Read the story “Nonrepresentational Art.” Then answer the following item.

Read this sentence from paragraph 3 of the story.

Louise, who is a great believer in the benefits of physical exercise, had the idea that it would be a pleasant excursion for us to walk from her house across Tallahassee to her friend’s house.

The narrator most likely uses the words “pleasant excursion” in this sentence to suggest that her sister’s idea is

  1. brilliant
  2. insightful
  3. ridiculous
  4. scary

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