Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA)

High School Assessment (HSA) & PARCC Information


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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. First-time PARCC test-takers in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 who graduate by summer 2018 satisfy the graduation requirement through participation and are exempt from completing a Bridge Plan(s). The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has established the passing score for both PARCC assessments.

  • 725 - 2016 - 2017 through 2022 - 2023

Students must pass the Government HSA, meet the requirements through an approved combined score, or through the Bridge Plan. Students who entered grade 9 in 2012-2013 or earlier are not required to pass the Government HSA test. To meet the science testing requirement, students can pass the Biology HSA, meet the requirement through an approved combined score, meet through the Bridge Plan, or meet through participation if they took the test in the 2016-2017 school year. The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment is being field tested in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. Students who take the MISA during these school years will also meet the science requirement through participation. Students who take the MISA in 2019-2020 will be the first students required to pass the test. The Biology HSA and Biology Bridge Plan have been discontinued. 

Meet all assessment requirements with passing scores on HSA or PARCC tests

    1. HSA Algebra – 412 - PARCC Algebra 1 passing score 725
    2. HSA Biology – 400
    3. HSA English – 396 - PARCC English 10 passing score 725
    4. HSA Government – 394  

Meet assessment requirements with passing scores or participation

  1. HSA Algebra - 412 or took HSA Alg or PARCC Alg 1 by spring 2016
  2. HSA English - 396 or took HSA Eng or PARCC Eng 10 by spring 2016
  3. HSA Biology - 400 or took HSA Bio in summer 2016, January 2017, May 2017, or August 2017 
  4. HSA Government - 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. Students can also meet the PARCC testing requirement with a combined score on the two tests of 1450 or higher. Check with your child’s counselor for more information about combined scores.


Bridge Plan

Meet assessment requirements through the Bridge Plan. There are Bridge Plans for Algebra 1, English 10, and Government in 2018-2019. 

Bridge Plan Administrative Manual

HSA Prep Online

Get ready for the HSA test with practice questions in NSL Government.

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