Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
November 19, 2020
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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
December 9, 2020
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The Second Pre-ID Window

The second Pre-ID window will be December 10 - 17, 2020. During this window you will be able to bulk upload 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 within the HSA Portal.

January 2021 Test Manuals

The January 2021 Test Coordinator Manuals, Government Test Administrator Manuals, and HS MISA Test Administrator Manuals will be arriving to each LSS and school on December 11, 2020. You can track this shipment on the Materials Management page in the HSA Portal. If you have not received your manuals by December 15, please contact the HSA Help Desk.

January 2021 Paper Test Materials

The paper test materials for January 2021 will be arriving in each LSS and school on December 11, 2020. 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 by December 14, please contact the HSA Help Desk.

REMINDER: Certification Testing Window

The certification test window is November 16 - December 4, 2020. 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.
      • In cases where students have not been in school, it is recommended that you allow students to complete a practice test using the assistive technology prior to starting operational testing.
    • Please refer to the Testing with Third Party Assistive Technology Guide. This document can be found on the Help and Support site (https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/guides/) under Guides / eMetric Guides.

January 2021 Administration Presentation

We have posted the January 2021 Administration Training PowerPoint to the Help & 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/.

January Administration Manuals

The digital copies of January 2021 Test Administration Manuals and Test Coordinator Manual have been posted to the Help and Support site: https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org/guides/.

Key Dates Document

The 2020-2021 Key Dates Document has been posted to the Help and Support site (https://maryland.onlinehelp.cognia.org). Click the Printable Document link within the Key Dates section to locate the Key Dates PDF document.

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 let us know if you have questions or concerns.