All students who entered 9th grade in or after 2005 and graduated in 2015 must pass or meet through combined scores across the HSA assessments to meet graduation requirements. Students take four HSA tests after they successfully completed the corresponding courses including Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, Government, and English.

The Government High School Assessment was reinstated during the 2012 General Assembly and was re-administered starting in the 2012-13 school year. High School Assessments are given in four content areas—Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, English and Government. To meet graduation requirements, all students must pass or achieve a total combined score as specified below:

  • Students entering 9th grade in the 2012-13 school year or in a prior school year (including students who entered 9th grade in 2011-2012, 2010-2011, or 2009-2010) have two options to meet the combined score option.

    • Students MAY achieve a combined score of 1602 for English, Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, and Government.
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    • Students MAY achieve a combined score of 1208 for English, Algebra/Data Analysis, and Biology.
  • Students entering 9th grade school year 2013-2014 and beyond MUST include the Government HSA score to meet a combined score of 1602.

Students take each of the HSA tests after they completed the corresponding course. For more information on meeting HSA requirements go to http://hsaexam.org.

HSA Status shows the number of students by grade and subgroup that have taken all HSA tests—Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, English, and Government—and met the Maryland High School Assessment requirement for graduation.
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HSA Participation and Status shows how many students have had the opportunity to take the HSA exams in order to fulfill the Maryland High School Assessment requirement for graduation.
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HSA Test Performance Status represents the performance results for all test takers in each of the required High School Assessment exams.
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HSA Test Participation and Status shows how many students have had the opportunity to take and pass each of the required High School Assessment exams.
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High School Assessments (HSA)

The High School Assessments are end-of-course tests that students take as they complete the appropriate high school level course. All students including middle school students taking high school level courses, must take the High School Assessment after they complete the appropriate course. These courses currently include English, government, algebra/data analysis, and biology.

All students receive a score for each test they take. Scores are also reported for the state, school systems, and schools. The passing scale scores for all four of the content areas have been established. They are as follows:

Algebra 412
Biology 400
English 396
Government 394

Public Release Forms, sample test items, and additional information may be found on the School Improvement in Maryland Web site at http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/assessments/high_school/index_b.html, http://mdk12.msde.maryland.gov/assessments/high_school/index.html, and the Maryland State Department of Education Web site at http://www.msde.maryland.gov.

Modified High School Assessments (MOD-HSA)

The Modified HSAs - or Mod-HSAs are a series of end-of-course tests that cover core academic areas in Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, English, and Government. The Mod-HSAs are alternate assessments based on On-level Academic Content Standards and Modified Academic Achievement Standards. The Mod-HSA tests are alternates to the tests in the HSA program and are designed for students with disabilities who, based on a decision-making process undertaken by their IEP team, meet specific eligibility criteria.