Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
December 11, 2019
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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
January 2, 2020
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Additional Materials Order Process Open

The window for ordering additional manuals and test material opened on December 17, 2019 and will remain open through January 29, 2020. You can access the Online Materials Management tab within the HSA Portal. A Quick Start Guide is available on the Help and Support Site showing the steps for ordering additional materials: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/guides/.

The Second Pre-ID Window

The second Pre-ID window closed December 18, 2019. This second bulk upload allowed you to make additional updates to enrollments and/or accommodations. Paper materials will not be automatically ordered from records loaded during this time. You must order additional manuals or secure tests via the Additional Materials Order process.

2018-19 HS MISA Student Reports

The 2018-19 January and May HS MISA reports will be made available to schools and each LSS. Digital score labels and Individual Student Reports (ISRs) will be shared with LACs by Friday, December 20. One hard copy of ISRs will be shipped to each LSS and the LEA 24 schools on January 7, 2020. All HS MISA reports can be accessed online using the Maryland Analysis and Reporting System (MARS). LAC and School Memos will be shared by the MSDE with each LAC and LEA 24 school administrator containing usernames and passwords as well as instructions for accessing the site.

  • The HS MISA Report Interpretation Guide will be available within the Maryland Analysis and Reporting System (MARS) and has also been posted to the Help and Support Site under Quick Start Guides: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/Guides. Note that a Parent Report Interpretation Guide is also available for download.

2019 Holiday Break

The HSA Help Desk and Additional Materials ordering will be closed from December 19, 2019 (Starting at 2:30 p.m.) until January 2, 2020. Any orders or tickets will be processed when staff is back on site on January 2nd. If you have an emergency, please reach out to Brianna Creed at MSDE (brianna.creed@maryland.gov).

January 2020 Test Manuals

The January 2020 Test Coordinator Manuals, Government Test Administrator Manuals, and HS MISA Test Administrator Manuals should have been received by each LSS and schools on December 9, 2019. You can track this shipment on the Materials Management page in the HSA Portal. If you have not received your manuals please contact the HSA Help Desk.

January 2020 Secure Paper Test Materials

The secure paper test materials for January 2020 should have be received by schools and each LSS on December 16, 2019. These materials were ordered based on the upload files submitted in the first Pre-ID window for students marked for accommodations requiring paper. You can track this shipment on the Materials Management page in the HSA Portal. If you have not received your test materials please contact the HSA Help Desk.

January 2020 Administration Presentation

We have posted the January 2020 Administration Training PowerPoint to the MD Help and Support site for your use. You can locate the document in the PowerPoints section near the bottom of the Training page: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/training/.

Updated Training Modules

Additional HSA Training Modules have been added to the Help and Support site: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/training/. 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: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/guides/.

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: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/practice-test-materials/. 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 (https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/guides/).

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 (https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/) 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.