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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Another round of High School Assessment (HSA) testing is upon us. Testing will begin on Monday, January 6, 2014 and end on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Each day our high school students will report for a different test, Algebra on Monday, English II on Tuesday, and Biology on Wednesday.

If your child has completed Algebra, English II, or Biology and did not pass the HSA, then he or she needs to retake the test.  Grade 9 students will not participate in this administration. Grade 10 students may participate in this administration for Algebra only. According to state law, “Students who entered grade 9 in the fall of 2005 and later (COMAR 13A.03.02.09) must obtain either a passing score on all HSAs or obtain an overall combined score.” 

Passing Scores for the HSAs are as follows:

Biology 400      Algebra/Data Analysis 412     English 396       Combined 1602

High school students who will report for testing must report to school at 8:15 a.m. as usual. Students will not be admitted into testing rooms after 8:30 a.m. Late students will not be accepted into testing, so please make sure your child attends school on time each day that he or she needs to report. Students who do not need to take one of the tests will have a delayed start time and will report to school at 11:00 a.m. for lunch and classes will begin at 11:30 a.m.  

If you have questions about the Maryland High School Assessment, please visit http://www.hsaexam.org/. There are sample tests, common question and answers and a wealth of resources to help your child prepare. If you have any questions about our administration of the HSA please contact Ms. Amanda Peyton at (443) 984-1593 (phone) or apeyton@bcps.k12.md.us (email), or Ms. Jordan Kienzle at (443) 984-1593 (phone) or jckienzle@bcps.k12.md.us (email).  

Thank you for your continued support in helping your child meet his or her goal of graduation.

Sincerely,

Danielle Rembert
Principal