Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
October 9, 2019
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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
October 24, 2019
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October 2019 Annual Trainings

Please register now for the annual in-person MCAP High School assessment training sessions. These important meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • October 22, 2019: LAC Training
  • October 23, 2019: LEA 24 STC Training

Participants must register for these in-person events at the following site: Once on the site, you will need to select 'Maryland HSA' from the drop down and then select the LAC or LEA 24 event in order to complete the registration. Registering for the event ahead of time will allow us to order food for the event. This will also automatically sign you up for reminders for the upcoming meetings.

  • October 24, 2019: Tech Coordinator Webinar

Technology Coordinators must register for the Technical Training webinar at the following link: Registration is required prior to the webinar. After registering, participants will receive a personalized meeting link via email as well as reminders for the upcoming meeting.

HSA Practice Tests

The online practice test site is now open. You no longer need a username and password to log into practice tests. You can access the practice test site from the Test Materials section of the Help and Support site: On the practice test site, click the menu to select a test. Then choose between the following tests:

  • HS Government Practice Test (no accommodations)
  • HS Government TTS Practice Test (text-to-speech accommodation)
  • HS Government ASL Practice Test (American Sign Language accommodation)
  • HS MISA Practice Test (no accommodations)
  • HS MISA TTS Practice Test (text-to-speech accommodation)
  • HS MISA ASL Practice Test (American Sign Language accommodation)

Summer 2019 Score Labels

The score labels for the Summer administration should have arrived in districts Friday, October 11. If you have not received your shipment, please reach out to the HSA Help Desk.

Vendor Name Change

Measured Progress has merged with AdvancED. The new company is now known as Cognia. This change will have minimal impact to the American Government and HS MISA administrations. The Help & Support site URL and Helpdesk email address have been updated. The old links will continue to work throughout the 2019-2020 year.

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 Maryland Help & Support Guides page under the Policy Documents button (

HSA Help Desk Information

MSDE and Cognia 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 ( to view all help guides, manuals, and other helpful information regarding the Maryland HSA.

  • We will periodically update the help guides throughout the administrations and will alert users of those changes as new information needs to be disseminated.

Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.