Test materials will be shipped this week and will arrive in schools by Monday, April 29. If you have not received all expected test materials by Tuesday, April 30, please contact the HSA Help Desk.
The window for ordering additional paper testing materials will open on Monday, April 29 and run through 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 will also be shipped to all schools with Government TAM orders. One Government TAM Errata Notice will be shipped for each TAM ordered during the initial pre-ID window and will arrive on Monday, April 29. This shipment will arrive via UPS and will be addressed to the School Test Coordinator. The errata notice will also be shipped with all Government TAMs ordered during the additional paper materials ordering window.
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, please reach out to the HSA Help Desk.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.