Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB Act), each state established a definition of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) to use each year to determine the achievement of each school district and school in reading and mathematics. In May 2012 the United States Department of Education granted a waiver to the Maryland State Department of Education for flexibility from adhering to certain requirements in NCLB Act. The ESEA Flexibility Waiver eliminates the AYP formula and removes the identification schools as in improvement. With the ESEA Flexibility Waiver came a new accountabilty system for Maryland. Schools are now measured by the Maryland School Progress Index.
Maryland School Assessment (MSA) – The MSA is a test of reading and math achievement that meets the testing requirements of the federal (NCLB Act). The test is given each year in early March in reading and math at grades 3 through 8 and in science in grades 5 and 8. Scores from the MSA and other state tests are posted on the Web at www.reportcard.msde.maryland.gov/. Sample test items are available on http://marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/testing/.