You are now able to begin scheduling UPS pickups for paper testing materials. The UPS pickup window opened on Wednesday, May 22 and closes on Wednesday, June 5, with late pickup June 5 – 11. Instructions on how to schedule a pickup can be found on the Help & Support site: https://maryland.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2018/10/Instructions-for-UPS-Pick-Up-Requests_MD.pdf. All scorable paper test materials need to be returned to Measured Progress no later than June 11 in order to avoid delays in score reporting.
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 on the Help & Support site about creating classes and test sessions: https://maryland.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/training/.
The HSA Portal allows for bulk uploads between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. 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 5:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., 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 Help & Support site: https://maryland.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/portal-guides/. You will find instruction on topics such as: student transfer policy, program school student policy, and UPS pickup requests.
Test materials should have arrived in schools by Monday, April 29. If you have not received all expected test materials, please contact the HSA Help Desk.
The window for ordering additional paper testing materials opened on Monday, April 29 and will close on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.
The score labels for the January administration should have arrived in districts Friday, April 12. If you have not received your shipment, please reach out to the HSA Help Desk.
As a reminder, a printable PDF of all key dates for the 2018 – 2019 HSA administrations can be found on the Maryland Help & Support site on the Home page. The direct link to the document is: https://maryland.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/02/Maryland_HSA_Key_Dates_External_2019_1.5.pdf
We have finished updating the TCM PowerPoint and have posted it on the MD Help & Support site for your use. You can find on our Training page under the PowerPoints header: https://maryland.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/training/.
The online practice tests are live via the HSA Kiosk and your browser at https://hsapracticetest.measuredprogress.org/student/login. Usernames and passwords to the 2019 HSA practice tests are as follows:
|Content||Standard||ASL Videos||Text to Speech*|
|HSA Government||Username: practicegovernment Password: maryland||Username: aslpracticegovernment Password: maryland||Username: ttspracticegovernment Password: maryland|
|HS MISA||Username: practicehsmisa Password: maryland||Username: aslpracticehsmisa Password: maryland||Username: ttspracticehsmisa Password: maryland|
* 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 Maryland Help & Support Guides page under the Policy Documents button (https://maryland.onlinehelp.measuredprogress.org/guides/)
MSDE and Measured Progress are monitoring calls and emails to the Help Desk to assure responses are accurate and timely. Please continue to encourage that your STCs utilize this valuable resource.
Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.