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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.


Students in an art appreciation class conducted research and wrote about different ways of creating art. Richard wrote an article about a Baltimore sculptor. The draft of Richard’s article, “A Spoon Reborn,” requires revisions and edits. Read the draft. Then answer the following:

Richard found the information below in a language handbook.

Avoid including overused expressions in your writing, such as play it by ear, time will tell, or in the nick of time.

According to this information, which sentence should be revised?

  1. Sentence 2
  2. Sentence 6
  3. Sentence 8
  4. Sentence 14

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