Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates

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Maryland HSA Government and HS MISA Assessments Updates
December 9, 2020
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January 6, 2021
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Additional Materials Order Process Open

The window for ordering additional manuals and test material opened on December 11, 2020 and will remain open through February 2, 2021. 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/.

REMINDER: The Second Pre-ID Window

The second Pre-ID window will close on Thursday, December 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.

REMINDER: January 19 Refresher Trainings for LACs and LEA 24 STCs

Please register for the MCAP High School Assessment refresher training sessions, which will be held via webinar:

  • LEA 24 STC Refresher Training, January 19, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • LAC Refresher Training: January 19, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Registration is required prior to the webinar. After registering, participants will receive a personalized meeting link via email as well as reminders for the upcoming meetings.

Registration Links:
LEA 24 STC Training: https://cognia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H_MhG00ATjqhIK6Du4YYzA
LAC Training: https://cognia.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vggGbKV-TD-Yau_4ZR9qKw

Key Dates Document

The 2020-2021 Key Dates Document has been updated. The last day to finalize student online tests during the January administration was corrected to February 5, 2021. The document is 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.

Data Cleared from Portal Following January Administration

The January HSA administration will close on February 5, 2021 at 4:00 PM EST. All student data including classes and test sessions will be cleared out of the portal over the weekend in preparation for the opening of the pre-ID window for Spring HSA Government which is February 8 – 12, 2021. The Spring HSA Government test window will open February 22, 2021.

2020 Holiday Break

The HSA Help Desk and Additional Materials ordering will be closed from December 21, 2020 through January 1, 2021. Any orders or tickets will be processed when staff returns on January 4th. If you have an emergency, please reach out to Brianna Creed at MSDE (brianna.creed@maryland.gov).

January 2021 Test Manuals

The January 2021 Test Coordinator Manuals, Government Test Administrator Manuals, and HS MISA Test Administrator Manuals were shipped 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, please contact the HSA Help Desk.

January 2021 Paper Test Materials

The paper test materials for January 2021 were shipped to 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, please contact the HSA Help Desk.

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/.

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.