the high school assessment graduation requirement 2013 – 2014
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DESCRIPTIONThe High School Assessment Graduation Requirement 2013 – 2014. What are the HSAs?. Graduation Requirement These tests measure students’ content knowledge in four subject areas: Algebra/Data Analysis Biology English Government - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
1The High School AssessmentGraduation Requirement2013 2014
This PowerPoint presentation is designed to inform MCPS parents, students, and staff about the High School Assessment (HSA) graduation requirement. This presentation is adapted from MSDE information about HSAs and the Bridge Plan. It has been revised to include the most recent updates through the summer of 2013. Parents can check the MSDE websites hsaexam.org and mdbridgeplan.org for updates.2What are the HSAs? Graduation Requirement These tests measure students content knowledge in four subject areas:Algebra/Data AnalysisBiologyEnglishGovernmentStudents who entered grade 9 in fall 2005 or after must take the algebra, biology, and English HSAs to meet this graduation requirement in one of 3 ways. Government is also required for those entering grade 9 in fall 2013 and after.
Students enrolled in an HSA course must take the HSA at the end of the course unless they have previously passed the HSA.
Each HSA is taken at the end of the HSA-related course. Here are the MCPS course names associated with the HSA tests listed above:Algebra/Data Analysis = Algebra 1Biology = BiologyEnglish = English 10Government = NSL GovernmentMost students take Biology, English 10, and NSL Government in the 10th grade. Students may take Algebra 1 in Grades 7-12, depending on math proficiency. Most students complete Algebra 1 in 8th or 9th grade. The Government HSA test and Bridge Plan have been reinstated for students entering grade 9 in fall 2013 and after. Prior to the reinstatement of the Government HSA, students in the Class of 2011 were the last graduating class in the State of Maryland for which the government HSA was required. Going forward, only students entering grade 9 in fall 2013 and after are required to meet the Government HSA requirement. Students who have taken the Government HSA can use the combined score of 1602 as a means of meeting the HSA graduation requirement. Students entering grade 9 in fall 2013 and after have only the 1602 combined score option.
Like high school students, middle school students who pass Algebra 1 but fail the HSA must be offered an intervention prior to retaking an HSA.
3Government HSA in 2013 - 2014Administered to all students taking the National, State, and Local (NSL) Government courseGraduation requirement for incoming grade 9 students (will take Government HSA in May 2015)Selected Response (SR) items and Constructed Response (CR) itemsBridge Plan projects for Government will be reinstated
First administration of the Government HSA as a graduation requirement for incoming grade 9 students in the 2013-2014 school year will be in January 2014.Most MCPS students take the National, State, and Local (NSL) Government course during their 10th grade year and would sit for the Government HSA test at the conclusion of that course (most MCPS students who will be required to meet the Government HSA graduation requirement will take the test for the first time in May 2015).4What are the HSAs like?Approximately 2 Hours LongTypes of QuestionsSelected Response (SR)Student-Produced Response (SPR)Constructed Response (CR)The HSAs are approximately 2 hours long, but students may finish in less time. HSAs include the following types of questions:
Selected Response (SR), sometimes called Multiple Choice Student-Produced Response (SPR) or student shows work (in Algebra 1 only)Constructed Response (CR), includes both brief constructed responses and extended constructed responses (at this point, MSDE indicates that CRs will be in the new Government HSA only).To reduce turnaround time, BCRs and ECRs were removed from the HSAs.Biology, and English HSAs now include selected response or multiple choice items only.Algebra HSA now includes selected response and student-produced response items.
Samples of each type of HSA question are available on hsaexam.org5When Can Students Take the HSAs?2013-2014OctoberJanuaryApril (seniors only)MaySummer (July/August) A student who does not pass an HSA(s) the first time must retake the test at least one more time, but students are encouraged to retake the assessments as many times as necessary to either earn a passing score or a score high enough to earn the combined score of 1208 -- or 1602 for those who have a Government HSA score. Either combined score also meets the HSA graduation requirement. Note: The Government HSA was eliminated after the May 2011 administration. It was reinstated when the governor signed legislation in May 2012. In April 2012, the State Board approved the reinstatement of the Government HSA as a graduation requirement for students entering 9th grade in 2013-2014. These students will have only the 1602 combined score option available to them, not the 1208 option. There is no limit to the number of times a student can take an HSA test. Retesting opportunities are available in October, January, May, and in the summer, with a fifth test administration available for seniors only in April.6When are scores available?Maryland State Department of Education currently sends HSA scores to MCPS approximately 4-6 weeks after students take the tests.Preliminary results are sent to schools within a week of receipt.Official results are released to schools about 2 weeks later.Parents receive home reports approximately 3 weeks after MCPS receives the scores from MSDE.
After the preliminary results are released to schools, the data must be checked for accuracy (correct student ID numbers, missing scores, correct school names and numbers) and then processed for official release to schools and for mailing to parents.7What if a child is absent during testing?Scheduled make-up days are offered within 2 weeks of the original test date.Parents can contact the school counselor to obtain the make-up test dates.Parents can also obtain the HSA testing schedule at hsaexam.org.
If a student is absent, make-up days are scheduled within two weeks of the original test.
Parents can get the make-up dates from the school counselor or MSDEs website hsaexam.org.
8Students with Disabilities,504 Plans & English Language LearnersStudents are entitled to testing accommodations as outlined in IEPs, 504 plans, English Language Learner (ELL) plans, and Re-designated ELL plans.Check the MSDE HSA Web site for the latest information hsaexam.orgIf you have specific questions about a students participation or accommodations on state tests, consult his or her IEP team, ELL team, or school counselor.The English HSA test should be taken upon completion of the MCPS HSA-related course English 10. Note that this HSA is officially called English 2, as it is meant for students completing their second year of high school English. All senior ESOL students who have not passed the English 2 HSA should be scheduled into English 10, regardless of their ESOL level.
9Modified HSAWhat are Modified Academic Achievement Standards?A more appropriate measure of content standards for some students with disabilitiesEligibility is determined based on criteria established at an IEP team meeting.A limited number of students with IEPs may qualify to take Modified HSAs.10Mod-HSA DesignOnline AssessmentSelected response formatSimplified sentence structure, vocabulary, numbers, & graphics3 answer choices instead of 4Elimination of nonessential informationNo EXCEPT or NOT questions
11Publicly Released Test Item
Look at the equation below.
125 x N = 375What value of N makes this equation correct?
2 3 4 5Modified SampleMath Test ItemModified Test ItemLook at the equation below.125 x N = 375 What value of N makes this equation correct? What is the value of N?234 5 (distracter)
MAG Conference-November 15, 2007Maryland State Department of Education1112All students who entered Grade 9 in fall 2005 or later must meet the requirement. Students who enter grade 9 in fall 2013 and after must also meet the HSA Government requirement.Pass All 3 (algebra, biology, and English) HSA Tests. Combined Score of 1208 or higher on the 3 tests or 1602 on 4 tests (available only to students who have a Government HSA score). Grade 9 students who enter in fall 2013 and after have only the 1602 combined score option available to them.Bridge Plan for Academic Validation.*Students can work on more than one way, or path, at the same time.3 Ways to Meet the HSA Graduation Requirement*1212The slides that follow explain the three paths to meeting the HSA graduation requirement.13Path 1: Earn Passing Score on Each TestHSA Content AreaPassingScoreAlgebra/Data Analysis412Biology400English396Government394Total Passing Scores160213Students meet the subject area requirements when they pass each of the three High School Assessment (HSA) tests algebra/data analysis, biology, and English. The Government HSA and Government Bridge Plan, eliminated after the May 2011 administration of the Government HSA, have been reinstated as a graduation requirement for students entering grade 9 in fall 2013 and after. Students for whom the Government HSA is not a requirement and who have a government HSA score, also have the option of meeting the HSA graduation requirement through the combined score of 1602 (or a combined score of 1208 on three tests). Grade 9 students entering in the fall of 2013 and after have only the 1602 combined score option available to them.14Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB) TestsEarn a score of 3 or higher on designated Advanced Placement testsEarn a score of 5 or higher on designated International Baccalaureate tests
Substitute Scores Earning the required score on designated AP and IB exams can substitute for passing the HSAs. Students who earn the required scores on AP and IB exams earn the lowest passing score for the related HSA Most students take the HSA much earlier