Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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May 2019 Administration

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.

May 2019 Administration Manuals

The digital copies of May 2019 Administration manuals are posted on the Guides page under the MSDE Manuals button.

Scheduling Test Sessions

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.

Bulk Uploads During the Administration

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:

  • Creating and editing classes via the bulk upload
  • Bulk uploading of Accommodations
  • Exporting an Accommodations report for a school
  • Exporting a Pre-ID report from the Pre-ID Management page, and
  • Creating and editing user account (LAC & STC) via the bulk user upload

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.

Test Administration Documentation

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.

Secure Test Materials

Test materials should have arrived in schools by April 29. If you have not received all expected test materials, please contact the HSA Help Desk.

May 2019 Paper Testing

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.

Additional Paper Materials Ordering Window

The window for ordering additional paper testing materials opened on Monday, April 29 and will close on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Government TAM Errata Notice

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.

January 2019 Score Labels

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.

2018 – 2019 Key Dates

As a reminder, there is a printable PDF of all key dates for the 2018 – 2019 HSA administrations.

May 2019 Administration Presentation

We have finished updating the TCM PowerPoint and have it posted on our Training page under "PowerPoints".

Maryland HSA Modules

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.

Online Practice Tests

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.

Updated FAQs for HS MISA & COMAR Document

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.