Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA)
High School Assessment (HSA) & PARCC Information
Students who took an Algebra 1 and/or English 10 test prior to 2016-2017, either HSA or PARCC, are not required to pass these tests.
Algebra 1 and English 10 HSA tests ended in summer 2015; 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 graduating in school years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, who are first-time PARCC Algebra 1 and/or PARCC English Language Arts 10 test-takers in those school years satisfy the graduation requirement through participation and are exempt from completing a Bridge Plan(s). The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has established passing scores for both PARCC assessments.
- 725 in 2016 - 2017
- 733 in 2017 - 2018
- 741 in 2018 - 2019
- 750 in 2019 - 2020
Students must pass the Government HSA, meet the requirements through an approved combined score, or through the Bridge Plan. Students can either pass the Biology HSA, meet the requirement through an approved combined score, or through the Bridge Plan. Students who take the Biology HSA in Summer 2016, January 2017, or May 2017 meet the requirement through participation (passing not required). Students who entered grade 9 in 2012-2013 or earlier are not required to pass the Government HSA test.
Meet all assessment requirements with passing scores on HSA or PARCC tests
- HSA Alg – 412 - PARCC ALG01 passing score 725
- HSA Bio – 400 or tool HSA Bio in summer 2016, January 2017, or May 2017
- HSA Eng – 396 - PARCC ELA10 passing score 725
- HSA Gov – 394
Meet assessment requirements with passing scores or participation
- HSA Alg - 412 or took HSA Alg or PARCC ALG01 by spring 2016
- HSA Eng - 396 or took HSA Eng or PARCC ELA10 by spring 2016
- HSA Bio - 400 or took HSA Bio in summer 2016, January 2017 or May 2017
- 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.
Meet assessment requirements through the Bridge Plan. There are no Bridge Plans for Algebra 1 and English 10 in 2016-2017.