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About High School Assessments
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The Maryland High School Assessments are end-of-course tests that students take as they complete the appropriate high school level course. All students, including middle school students taking any one of four high school level courses, must take the High School Assessment after they complete the appropriate course. These courses currently include Algebra/Data Analysis, English, Biology and Government.
All students receive a score for each test they take. Scores are also reported for the state, school systems, and schools. Performance standards were set for HSA in the summer of 2003. Scores are reported as a percentage of students who passed the assessment.
Schools and districts will be able to compare their performance to the performance of other schools and districts. They will also be able to compare the performance of subgroups within the school population to the overall school performance.