Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA)
High School Assessment (HSA) & PARCC Information
Hotline: (240) 453-2HSA | www.mcpsHSA.org | Link to this page
In 2015 -2016, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) introduced additional pathways to meeting the Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA) graduation requirement. For Algebra 1 and English 10, students must participate in either HSA or PARCC tests in both subjects. They are not required to pass these tests.
Algebra 1 and English 10 HSA tests ended in summer 2015, so taking these tests is no longer possible. Students enrolled in Algebra 1 and English 10 for the first time in 2016 – 2017 and after must pass those PARCC assessments.
Students must pass the Biology HSA, meet the requirement through an approved combined score, or through the Bridge Plan, or earn.
The Government requirement is only for students who entered grade 9 in 2013-2014 and later and therefore will be a requirement for most students graduating in 2017. Students must pass the test, earn an approved combined score, or meet the requirement through the Bridge Plan. The Government Bridge Plan is available in 2015-2016.
Meet all assessment requirements with passing scores
- HSA Alg – 412
- HSA Bio – 400
- HSA Eng – 396
- HSA Gov – 394
Meet assessment requirements with passing scores or participation
- HSA Alg - 412 or took HSA Alg or PARCC Alg 01 by spring 2016
- HSA Eng - 396 or took HSA Eng or PARCC Ela 10 by spring 2016
- HSA Bio - 400
- HSA Gov - 394 (for students who entered grade 9 in 2013-14 and after)
Meet assessment requirements with a combined score - students who entered grade 9 in 2012-2013 or a prior year do not need to pass the Government HSA but may apply their Government HSA score toward a combined score. Also, students that have previously taken HSAs in Algebra 1 and English 10 can have their scores applied to a combined score. In all, there are 11 approved combined score options for students. Check with your child’s counselor for more information about combined scores.
There are no Bridge Plans for Algebra 1 and English 10 in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
The maximum number of projects required to meet a content area requirement through the Bridge Plan has been lowered from 7 to 5.