Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
April 4, 2019
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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
April 24, 2019
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May Test Administrator Manuals

There was an error in the number of Test Administrator Manuals (TAMs) shipped to schools. This error resulted in too many HS MISA TAMs and not enough HSA Government TAMs being shipped. The remainder of HSA Government TAMs have been shipped and should have arrived by Friday, April 12. The correct number of Test Coordinator Manuals (TCMs) should have been received on April 8. If you have not received all manuals, including the additional HSA Government TAMs by Monday, April 15, please reach out to the HSA Help Desk.

  • Note: You should keep any additional manuals that you received and ship them back during the normal materials return shipment window.

January 2018 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 by Monday, April 15, please reach out to the HSA Help Desk.

May 2019 Administration – Second Pre-ID window

The second Pre-ID window for the May 2019 Administration is April 8 – April 12, 2019. At this time, LACs will be able to add additional enrollments and/or update student transfer students. When creating the pre-ID file, please be sure to use the updated CSV template available through the HSA Portal and also provided on the Guides page under the HSA Portal Templates button.

  • As a reminder – enrollments added that require paper accommodated materials will need to be ordered in the Additional Materials application. The window for ordering additional materials is April 29 – May 22, 2019.

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.

Reminder – May 2019 Administration Manuals

The digital copies of May 2019 Administration manuals are ready and are posted on the Guides page under the MSDE Manuals button. The paper manuals will be arriving in districts and schools on April 8, 2019.

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 (03/01/19) 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 eMetric Guides

Updates have been made to the HSA Portal Guide, Technology Guidelines, and the Kiosk User Guide. The Portal User Guide has been updated to include the new pre-ID validation error code and added note stating that Accessibility Mode Testing accommodation is only available for Windows devices. The Technology Guide is updated to include latest browser and OS versions. The Kiosk User Guide is updated to include that the Allow Accessibility Testing Mode is only supported on Windows kiosk. They are posted on the Guides page under the eMetric Guides button.

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.