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High School Assessments

High School students in diploma-bound programs will take four state assessments and are required to pass each assessment to earn a Maryland State High School Diploma. Students will take each assessment after taking and passing a course in Algebra I, Biology, English 10, and Government.
Alternate Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (Alt-MISA)
The Alternate Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (Alt-MISA) is designed for students in Grade 11. The assessment is given to students with significant cognitive disabilities for whom the general education science assessment (MISA) is not appropriate, even with accommodations. The online test is based on alternate achievement standards derived from and aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The Bridge Plan for Academic Validation 
High School students who did not pass a state assessment are required to take a remedial course, and may begin the Bridge Plan Project (HSA or PARCC: Algebra I, English 10, and/or Government). Students will retake the assessment for a final opportunity to pass. They may also submit their answers for the Bridge Plan Project during this time.
High School Assessments (HSA)
The High School Assessments (HSA) tests content knowledge in Government and is given to high school students after they pass the course. The assessment measures individual student progress toward Maryland's High School Core Learning Goals in Government. Passing the HSA is a graduation requirement.
Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA)
The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is administered to students in Grade 11 with significant cognitive disabilities. The assessment is based on alternate achievement standards aligned with the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (MDCCRS).
Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)
The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) tests content knowledge in Biology and is given to high school students after they pass the course. The assessment is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and is the final assessment in a series of science assessments.
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) is given to students after they pass Algebra I and English 10 courses.