Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
February 5, 2020
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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
March 4, 2020

REMINDER: May 2020 Administration – First Pre-ID window

The first Pre-ID window for the May 2020 Administration opened February 18 and will close on 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 (https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/guides/).

  • 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.
  • The second Pre-ID window will be April 6 – 15, 2020. 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.


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.



Key Dates Document

The 2019-2020 Key Dates Document has been posted to the Help and Support site (https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org).



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.