Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
December 14, 2018
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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
January 11, 2019
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Updated Key Dates Document

We have extended the paper testing windows for the January and May administrations. We have also updated the dates when secure paper materials arrive in schools and the deadline that Unique Accommodation Requests are due for the May administration. Please see the Key dates for the 2018-2019 HSA administrations.

Second Pre-ID Window

The second Pre-ID window will close today, December 19, 2018. This second bulk upload allowed you to make additional updates to enrollments and/or accommodations. Paper materials will not be automatically ordered from records loaded during this time. You must order additional manuals or secure tests via the Additional Materials Order process.

2018 Holiday Break

The HSA Help Desk and Additional Materials ordering will be closed from December 20, 2018 (Starting at 2:30 p.m.) until January 2, 2019. Any orders or tickets will be processed when staff is back on site on January 2nd. If you have an emergency, please reach out to Brianna Creed at MSDE (

January 2019 Paper Test Materials

The paper test materials for January 2019 arrived at LEAs and schools on December 17, 2018. These materials were ordered off the upload files submitted in the first Pre-ID window for students marked for accommodations requiring paper. You can track this shipment on the Materials Management page in the HSA Portal. If you have not received your test materials by the 17th, please reach out to the HSA Help Desk.

ASL Human Signer Log-ins

For those identified by their LEAs as Human Signers, and attended the Webex training on November 12, log-in information was sent out on December 17th. If you did not receive log-in information, and feel like you should have, please reach out to Shelby Pouliot.

January 2019 Test Manuals

The January 2019 Test Coordinator Manual, HSA Government Test Administrator Manual, and HS MISA Test Administrator manuals should have arrived in LEAs and schools on December 10, 2018. You can track this shipment on the Materials Management page in the HSA Portal. If did not receive your manuals by the 10th, please reach out to the HSA Help Desk immediately.

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:

January 2019 Administration Presentation

We have finished updating the TCM PowerPoint and have posted it up on the Training page for your use (posted 10/30/18).

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.

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.