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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Student Assessments

 
City Schools' assessment landscape includes local, state, and national assessments that measure a students' learning in a given school year.
assessment landscape
 
 
SY 2013-2014 Testing Calendar

The SY 2013-14 Testing Calendar includes dates for district, state, and national assessments. 
  
Local Assessments

Benchmarks

City Schools’ benchmark assessments are district developed and consist of short tests given throughout the school year that give teachers immediate feedback on their students’ progress. The assessments are administered to students in grades1 through 12 in reading, math, and science.  To learn more about the benchmark assessments, please contact the Chief Academic Office.

STEP, RISE, mCLASS Wireless Generation

A series of developmental literacy assessments administered throughout the year that provide teachers with real time data about their students’ progress. The assessments are administered to students in grades K-3, 6-9. To learn more about the literacy assessments, please contact the Chief Academic Office.

Stanford Achievement Test

The Stanford 10 is a norm-referenced standardized achievement test administered to students in grades 1 and 2 annually. Students are assessed in reading and mathematics on the Stanford 10. More detailed information can be found on this site: http://www.pearsonassessments.com/HAIWEB/Cultures/en-us/Productdetail.htm?Pid=SAT10C

ACT, AP, PSAT, SAT

These are tools designed to assess a student’s academic readiness for college. They help determine a student’s interests and help colleges guide students in the direction best suited for their skill-set. More detailed information can be found on these sites: http://www.collegeboard.org  or http://www.act.org.

  

State Assessments
 
Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR)

The MMSR is an assessment and instructional system designed to provide parents, teachers, and early childhood providers with a common understanding of what children know and are able to do upon entering school. More detailed information can be found on this site: http://www.msde.maryland.gov/MSDE/divisions/child_care/early_learning/MMSR


Maryland School Assessment (MSA)

The MSA is given in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics and in grades 5 and 8 in science. Click on the following link for more detailed information: http://mdk12.org/assessments/k_8/index.html

The Alternative Maryland School Assessment (Alt-MSA) is administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  The Alt-MSA is given in grades 3 through 8 and in grade 10 in reading and mathematics and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. Click on the following link for more detailed information: Alternative Maryland School Assessment


Maryland High School Assessment (HSA)

The HSAs are given in Algebra/Data Analysis, English II, and Biology. Students, beginning with the graduating class of 2009, must meet the state's (HSA) testing requirements to graduate. The way to meet the HSA requirements is: 

  • Pass all three tests and/or make use of the two potential substitutions:
    • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Tests – for students who have earned a score approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on the HSA-related AP or IB test
    • Modified HSA – an alternative test for students with disabilities who meet the specific participation criteria based on their IEP process
  • Earn a combined score of 1208; or
  • Complete the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation.

Click on the following link for more detailed information: http://mdk12.org/assessments/high_school/index.html

 

For Educators: High School Assessment (HSA) Score Update Form

Periodically, there are students transferring into the Baltimore City Public Schools from other Maryland counties who have already taken one or more of the High School Assessment (HSA) courses and/or tests. School staff must complete the HSA Update Form with all necessary information and forward an electronic copy to the

Office of Achievement and Accountability (OAA). All request forms must be submitted with a copy of the Baltimore City Public Schools transcript and a copy of the sending school’s transcript, along with other verifying documentation.  Click on the following link to access the form:HSA Score Update Form 

National Assessments                                 

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The NAEP is a nationally representative assessment that measures what students know in core subjects (reading, mathematics, science, etc.). Different subjects are assessed in different years. The NAEP is administered to a select number of students in grade 4, 8 across a sample of K-5 and K-8 schools. NAEP results are shared at the district level and, therefore, individual student or school results are not provided. Click on the following link for more detailed information: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/#naepreport

 

Other


Testing for Out-of-State Students Transferring to Maryland Public Schools

If your child does not have Maryland School Assessment (MSA) scores, please contact the Office of Achievement and Accountability at 410.396.8962 to schedule an appointment to have your child tested.


If your child does not have MSA scores but has taken one of the tests listed below, please contact the Office of Achievement and Accountability for information on converting test scores.

  • Stanford Achievement Test
  • Metropolitan Achievement Test
  • Iowa Achievement Test
  • CTBS Achievement