Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
January 29, 2020
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January 2020 Test Administration

The January 2020 online administration is closed. Please make sure to send back any paper ancillary materials that were used. In the HSA Portal, you do not need to remove students who did not test or stop the session. An extract of ALL students (tested or not) will be provided to Cognia. PLEASE NOTE: In preparation for the next administration all data (student data, class data, test session data) will be deleted from the system. Please pull any ancillary reports that you may want before February 12th.

May 2020 Administration – First Pre-ID window

The first Pre-ID window for the May 2020 Administration is February 18 – March 6, 2020. LACs must upload pre-ID files to the HSA Portal during this window. When creating the pre-ID file, please be sure to use the updated CSV template available through the HSA Portal and also provided on the MD Help and Support site (

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

2018-19 HS MISA Student Reports

The 2018-19 January and May HS MISA reports have been shared with schools and each LSS. 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 have been 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 is available within the Maryland Analysis and Reporting System (MARS) and has also been posted to the Help and Support Site under Quick Start Guides: Note that a Parent Report Interpretation Guide is also available for download.

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.

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.