Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
November 13, 2019
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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
December 4, 2019
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REMINDER: Certification Testing Window

The certification test window is November 14 - December 6, 2019. The purpose of this test is to allow local students, schools, and each LSS to go through the steps necessary for operational testing. This should be treated as a mock operational test. The actual test content will be practice test items to help familiarize the students with the testing platform.

  • Technology Coordinators must install the HSA Kiosks and TestMonitor (if it is deemed necessary) before the beginning of the certification test window.
  • Prior to operational testing, test coordinators should utilize the Certification Test to:
    • Ensure the student's assistive technology will work with iTester.
    • Determine whether or not the “Allow Accessibility Mode” accommodation setting must be activated to use the assistive technology.
    • Provide the student an opportunity to practice using the assistive technology with the iTester Kiosk.
  • Please refer to the Testing with Third Party Assistive Technology Guide. This document can be found on the Help and Support site ( under Guides / eMetric Guides.

The First Pre-ID Window is closed

The enrollments loaded during this Pre-ID window will automatically order your administration manuals and paper test materials. For any enrollments loaded after this time, you will need to order materials through the Additional Materials application.

  • The second Pre-ID window will be December 11 – 18, 2019. During this window you will be able to submit additional updates to enrollments and/or accommodations. Paper materials will not be automatically ordered from records loaded during the second Pre-ID window.

January 2020 Administration Presentation

We have posted the January 2020 Administration Training PowerPoint to the MD Help & Support site for your use. You can locate the document in the PowerPoints section near the bottom of the Training page:

Updated Training Modules

Additional HSA Training Modules have been added to the Help and Support site: Modules were recently added for transferring students within an LSS and transferring students from one LSS to another.

January Administration Manuals

The digital copies of January 2020 Test Administration Manuals and Test Coordinator Manual have been posted to the Help and Support site:

Key Dates Document

The 2019-2020 Key Dates Document has been posted to the Help and Support site (

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)

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.