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Maryland School Assessment

The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading, math, and--eventually--science achievement. This test, which has replaced the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP), will provide educators, parents, and the public valuable information about student, school, school system, and state performance.

Some facts about the MSA...

  • The test will meet requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
  • In 2003 it will be administered March 3-6 to students in grades 3, 5, and 8 in reading and mathematics, and to students in grade 10 in reading.
  • Scores from the March 2003 administration should be available in late summer 2003.
  • MSA scores will show how well Maryland children have learned the reading and mathematics skills specified in the Maryland Content Standards. MSA scores will also show how children performed compared to other students across the nation.
  • The test will include both multiple-choice and short-essay questions.
  • The following links provide additional information about the Maryland School Assessment:

    This folder was designed to accompany a child's MSA scores. It is a local school system's option whether to use this folder or its own method of explainig the MSA to parents.

  • Sample MSA Home Reports
    These are sample versions of the Home Report that is sent home to parents of children who took the MSA.


  • Understanding AYP
    This booklet summarizes how Maryland will measure adequate yearly progress in schools, school systems, and the state. It was written for school principals and local school system personnel who have some experience with educational assessments and accountability systems. Printed copies of "Understanding AYP" should arrive in school systems and schools in early- to mid-August.
  • The School Improvement in Maryland Web site, designed especially for educators, provides sample MSA test items in reading and math. For more MSA information from School Improvement in Maryland, click here.
  • Information Sheet: MSA Reading
    This information sheet on the MSA reading test is designed to give educators specific information about test items, content covered, scoring and more. This attachment will launch a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Information Sheet: MSA Mathematics
    This information sheet on the MSA mathematics test is designed to give educators specific information about test items, content covered, scoring and more. This attachment will launch a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Maryland School Assessment Questions & Answers
    This series of frequently asked questions was created for school system officials and educators interested in more detailed information about testing, alignment, reporting, and accountability related to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
  • MSDE Bulletin, September 2002 special edition
    The MSDE Bulletin is a newsletter for Maryland educators and other parties interested in Maryland public education. This edition of the Bulletin explains the MSA in more detail. This attachment will launch a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Maryland Content Standards
    The MSA is based on the Maryland Content Standards, which describe the skills and content students should learn in elementary, middle, and high school. This link will take you to the Maryland Content Standards on http://mdk12.org, known as the School Improvement in Maryland Web site. This site was designed to help educators and school improvement team members raise student achievement in Maryland schools.

 

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