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Assessments for Graduation

The Maryland High School Assessments (HSAs) are a series of end-of-course exams that test student knowledge of Core Learning Goals (CLGs) established by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Students participate in four required subject area tests:

  • Algebra/Data Analysis (Replaced by PARCC Algebra I in the 2014-2015 school year)
  • English 10 (Replaced by PARCC English 10 in the 2014-2015 school year)
  • American Government
  • Biology (Transitioning to the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment in the 2017-2018 school year)

Algebra I and English 10 HSAs are being replaced by the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment is replacing the Biology HSA in the 2017-2018 school year.

Based on the transition to the PARCC assessments for Algebra I and English 10, and transition to the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment, the following assessment graduation requirements are in place:

Algebra I

Enrolled in Algebra I prior to the 2016–17 school year

  • Assessment Requirement: Receive a Score for Algebra PARCC or Algebra I HSA*

Enrolled in Algebra I course for the first time during or after the 2016–2017 school year

  • Assessment Requirement: Pass Algebra I PARCC

English 10

Enrolled in English 10 prior to the 2016–17 school year

  • Assessment Requirement: Receive a Score for English 10 PARCC or English 10 HSA*

Enrolled in English 10 course for the first time during or after the 2016–2017 school year

  • Assessment Requirement: Pass English 10 PARCC

Biology

Completed Biology course during or prior to the 2016-2017 school year

  • Assessment Requirement: Pass Biology HSA or participate during the 2016-2017 school year

Completed Biology course after the 2016-2017 school year

  • Assessment Requirement: Participation in Integrated Science Assessment (after designated courses)

Government

Entered Grade 9 prior to the 2013–2014 school year

  • Assessment Requirement: None

Entered Grade 9 in or after the 2013–2014 school year

  • Assessment Requirement: Pass Government HSA

* Algebra I HSA and English 10 HSA are no longer administered, as of July 20, 2015.

A student who earns a score of 3, 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement (AP) test does not have to take the assessment in the related subject. The student will receive the passing score for the content area.

The Algebra and English PARCC also meet requirements for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and are used in the calculation of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for high schools.

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