House Bill 412 Assessment List
View a current list of all assessments given in the HCPSS. This includes, but is not limited to, the purpose of each assessment, whether or not it’s mandated by a local or state entity, along with available accommodations.
Standardized Tests and Assessments Given in the HCPSS
Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) in American Government
An end-of-course tests that measures progress toward Maryland’s High School Core Learning Goals (CLGs) in American Government. High school students enrolled in government must take the assessment at the completion of the course as part of the graduation requirements.
PSAT: Preliminary SAT
Grades 9, 10 and 11
Published by the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Provides a practice opportunity for the SAT. Juniors who participate in the PSAT/NMSQT may be eligible for college scholarships. HCPSS contracts with the College Board to test all students in grades 9, 10 and 11.
Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)
Grades 5, 8, and 11
Measures student achievement on the Maryland Content Standards in Science in Grade 5 (testing content from Grades 4 and 5), Grade 8 (testing content from Grades 6, 7 and 8) and Grade 11 (testing content in earth/space science, life science, and physical science). The Grade 11 assessment is one of the four tests required in Maryland for graduation.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC)
The PARCC consortium is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. Maryland is part of the consortium and has replaced the grade 3-8 Math and Reading Maryland State Assessments (MSA) with the corresponding Math and English Language Arts PARCC assessments. English 10 and Algebra I students will participate in PARCC as a replacement for the Algebra I and English 10 HSAs. The Maryland State Department of Education will also offer PARCC assessments for Algebra II and English 11 courses. Algebra II is also given as an end of course assessment.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
- September, October, December, January, May, June
Online: Grades 1-8
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments are computer adaptive achievement test in Mathematics and Reading. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down the difficulty of the questions presented to the student.
Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA)
Grades 3–8 and 11
An assessment designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who, even with accommodations, are unable to participate in the PARCC Assessments. The MSAA measures a student’s achievement in English language arts and mathematics in Grades 3–8 and 11.
National Center for State Collaboration (NCSC)
- March – May
Grades 3-8, and 11
A multi‐state comprehensive assessment system for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English state-to-state for English Language Learners (ACCESS)
Assesses the English Language Proficiency of English Language Learners. The test assesses a student’s proficiency in 5 areas: General Language, Language of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts.
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
- Paper: November – December
The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures student academic abilities and is useful for educators to make course and academic program placements for students.
Alternative Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (Alt-MISA)
- March to May
Grades 5, 8 and 10
An assessment designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities who, even with accommodations, are unable to participate in the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment. The Alt-MISA measures a student’s science achievement in Grades 5, 8 and 10.
AP: Advanced Placement Tests
Grades 9-12 students enrolled in AP courses
College level courses/exams administered to students in the AP courses to earn advanced standing or credit at most high schools and universities.
- October, November, December, January, March, May, June
Grades 11, 12
The SAT assesses student academic readiness for college and is used for admission by colleges and universities. It tests knowledge of Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
- September, October, December, February, April, June
The ACT assesses student academic readiness for colleges and universities. It tests knowledge of English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. Writing portion is optional.
Detailed data about Howard County student performance is available at mdeportcard.org