The Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) are tests that measure school and individual student progress toward Maryland's High School Core Learning Goals in in English, Algebra/Data Analysis, and Biology. Passing the HSA is a graduation requirement beginning with the graduating class of 2009.
The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading, math, and science achievement. This test provides educators, parents, and the public valuable information about student, school, school system, and state performance.
Students with significant cognitive disabilities who cannot participate in the MSA, even with accommodations, participate in Alt-MSA. It assesses mastery of reading and mathematics objectives that are aligned with the Maryland Content Standards.
MSDE has a set developed standards that identify the essential skills and knowledge students need to know and be able to do. The PK-8 standards cover a large set of content areas including: Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Health & PE, World Languages, ELP, and Technology Education.
MSDE has a set developed standards that identify the essential skills and knowledge students need to know and be able to do in Grades 9-12. The standards cover a large set of content areas including: Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, Government, English.
To ensure the integrity of the testing program statewide, MSDE's State Test Administration and Security Committee (STASC) directs and conducts activities to help ensure maintenance of test security on all aspects of Maryland's testing programs as they are developed, administered, scored, and reported.
Maryland has a new accountability system that replaces the former AYP status model and takes into account additional indicators of progress —including growth, gap reduction, and college readiness in addition to achievement— which give a more accurate picture of a school's performance and progress than the former set of AYP achievement indicators.
Under Maryland's new "School Progress" plan, each school is measured against its own targets, and must work to strengthen achievement across all subgroups.