The Summer 2019 administration window for Government opened Monday, July 22, and will close Friday, August 2, 2019.
The UPS pickup window will be from July 29 through August 6, with late pickup August 7 – 8. Instructions on how to schedule a pickup can be found ton the Help & Support site: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.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 August 8 in order to avoid delays in score reporting.
You are now able to schedule test sessions using the HSA Portal. As a reminder, there is a small tutorial on the Help and Support site about creating classes and test sessions: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/training/.
The window for ordering additional paper testing materials opened on July 11 and close on July 29, 2019.
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 Summer 2019 Test Administration Manual on page 1. That document has been posted to the Help & Support site (https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/reference-sheets/). Please be sure to share this document with the STCs in schools administering a paper test.
We have posted the Summer Administration Overview for LACs PowerPoint to the Help & Support site. You can find it on the Training page under the PowerPoints header: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.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.cognia.org/portal-guides/. You will find instruction on topics such as: student transfer policy, program school student policy, and UPS pickup requests.
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.cognia.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.cognia.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: practicegovernmentPassword: maryland||Username: aslpracticegovernmentPassword: maryland||Username: ttspracticegovernmentPassword: maryland|
|HS MISA||Username: practicehsmisaPassword: maryland||Username: aslpracticehsmisaPassword: maryland||Username: ttspracticehsmisaPassword: 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.cognia.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 visit the Maryland Help & Support site (https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/) to view all help guides, manuals, and other helpful information regarding the Maryland HSA.
Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.