The May 2019 administration for Government and HS MISA is now open. Both online and paper testing windows opened on May 7. The online administration will close June 7 and the paper-based test window will close on May 31.
You are now able to go into the HSA Portal to start scheduling test sessions. If you need a refresher on how this process works, there is a small tutorial about creating classes and test sessions.
The HSA Portal allows for bulk uploads between the hours of 3PM and 5:30AM during the testing administration. We've regulated it to those hours as to not interfere with peak student testing times. The bulk functionality available during those hours are:
If student/class information needs to be updated between 5:30AM and 3PM, you can make changes manually within the Portal. Students that need to be registered for the first time cannot be bulk uploaded at any time and need to be manually updated.
As a reminder, policy and test administration documentation can be found on the Guides page under the Policy Documents button. You will find instruction on topics such as: student transfer policy, program school student policy, and UPS pickup requests.
We have created an ancillary document for the Paper Test Administration that provides the page numbers for the start of each session. This was mentioned in the May 2019 Test Administration Manuals on page 1 which is posted on the Guides page under the MSDE Manuals button. Please be sure to share this document with the STCs in schools administering a paper test.
The window for ordering additional paper testing materials opened on Monday, April 29 and will close on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
It has been determined that an additional instruction needs be read to students as part of the online testing script for Government. This Government TAM Errata Notice has been posted on the Reference Sheets page under Testing Materials and was also delivered to all schools on April 29. One Government TAM Errata Notice was shipped for each TAM ordered during the initial pre-ID. The Errata notice will also be shipped with all Government TAMs ordered during the additional paper materials ordering window.
The score labels for the January administration should have arrived in districts by Friday, April 12. If you have not received your shipment, please reach out to the HSA Help Desk.
We have created small module videos that cover various activities you would accomplish for an administration. There are two versions of each video – one with closed captions and one without. Both can be found on our Training page.
The online practice tests are live via the HSA Kiosk and the Student Practice test login.
Usernames and passwords to the 2019 HSA practice tests are as follows:
*Students who are scheduled to use Text to Speech during testing should review and practice using the online controls BEFORE the administration of the test.
MSDE has updated their COMAR policy document (updated on 10/25/18). This updated document has been posted to the Guides page under the Policy Documents button.