• High School Assessment

    High School Assessment

    Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP)

    In high school, the MCAP includes Maryland assessments for Social Studies, English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science based on the rigorous Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards

    Government

    The High School Assessment (HSA) for Local, State and National (LSN) Government, is an end-of-course tests that measures progress toward Maryland’s High School Core Learning Goals (CLGs) and is part of the graduation requirements. Therefore, high school students enrolled in Local, State and National Government must take this high school assessment at the completion of the course. 

    ELA

    For the English Language Arts and Literacy assessment students read literary and informational passages from published texts (fiction and nonfiction) as well as engage in multi-media such as video or audio pieces. Students demonstrate their reading comprehension through written responses as well as demonstrating their knowledge of the conventions of English. 

    Math

    For mathematics, students solve multi-step problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This type of solving requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships, in order to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding.

    Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA)

    Measures student achievement on the Maryland Content Standards in Science in Grade 5 (testing content from Grades 4 and 5), Grade 8 (testing content from Grades 6, 7 and 8) and Grade 11 (testing content in earth/space science, life science, and physical science). The Grade 11 assessment is one of the four tests required in Maryland for graduation.

    Alt-MISA

    The Alternate Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (Alt-MISA) is administered to students in grades 5,8 and 11 with significant cognitive disabilities and for whom MISA would not be appropriate.

    http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DAAIT/Assessment/AMISA/index.aspx

    MSAA

    The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is based on alternate achievement standards in ELA/L and Math and is given to students in grades 3-8 and 11 with significant cognitive disabilities. 

    http:www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DAAIT/Assessment/MSAA/index.aspx

    ACCESS for ELLs 

    Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English.

    Scores from the HSA and other state tests are posted on the Web at www.mdreportcard.org.

     

    Other High School Test

    ACT 
    • The ACT is a college entrance exam that many colleges and universities in the United States use as part of the college admissions process.
    • The ACT is a standardized test that measures a student's skills in five core areas: English, math, reading, science, and writing (optional).
    • Students in grades 11 and 12 take the ACT so that they can submit their scores to colleges as part of the college application process.
    As schools continue to navigate uncertainties due to the coronavirus, one of the top priorities for Prince George’s County Public Schools is the health and safety of students and educators. All weekend test centers must adhere to local public health guidelines and follow ACT requirements.

    There is limited testing capacity in certain areas due to public health restrictions and high demand. Prince George’s County Public Schools is closely monitoring test center capacity, availability, and adherence to safety and health protocols. We're working to ensure as many students as possible are able to test safely.


    Test centers make individual decisions about whether to administer the ACT, and they may close prior to the administration, right up until test day. Test centers report closures to the ACT as soon as possible in order to help ensure students are informed and to reduce stress and uncertainty ahead of test day.


    Please click on the link Make sure the ACT can get in touch with you by email (through your personal email) and/or text message if your center decides to close or reduce capacity between now and test day. Students should frequently check email and click on the link test center closure page before and on test day to confirm their center is open. Test centers may have closed or rescheduled to a makeup date at the last minute even if there is still an active admission ticket. If this happens, students will be notified that they shouldn’t report to their test center, and they'll receive a follow up notification after the test day to confirm whether a makeup is available or if they will receive a refund.  


    Please check your ACT account as often as possible prior to your scheduled test date.  Confirm that your personal information is updated in your ACT account and you used your personal email address not your PGCPS email account.  


    ACT Resources: 

    ACT Test Center Closure Page: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-day/rescheduled-test-centers.html

    As schools continue to navigate uncertainties due to the coronavirus, one of the top priorities for Prince George’s County Public Schools is the health and safety of students and educators. All weekend test centers must adhere to local public health guidelines and follow College Board requirements.


    There is limited testing capacity in certain areas due to public health restrictions and high demand. Prince George’s County Public Schools is closely monitoring test center capacity, availability, and adherence to safety and health protocols.  We're working to ensure as many students as possible are able to test safely.

    Test centers make individual decisions about whether to administer the SAT, and they may close prior to the administration, right up until test day. Test centers report closures to the College Board as soon as possible in order to help ensure students are informed and to reduce stress and uncertainty ahead of test day.

    Please click on this link to confirm that the College Board can get in touch with you by email (through your personal email) and/or text message if your center decides to close or reduce capacity between now and test day. Students should frequently check email and click on the link test center closure page before and on test day to confirm their center is open. Test centers may have closed or rescheduled to a makeup date at the last minute even if there is still an active admission ticket. If this happens, students will be notified that they shouldn’t report to their test center, and they'll receive a follow up notification after the test day to confirm whether a makeup is available or if they will receive a refund.  

    Please check your College Board account as often as possible prior to your scheduled test date.  Confirm that your personal information is updated in your College Board account and you used your personal email address not your PGCPS email account.  

    College Board Resources: 

    SAT Test Center Closure Page: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/test-center-closings 

    PSAT 8/9  *Due to CDC protocols and social distancing requirements we can no longer provide census testing to all 8th grade students in a safe manner. Therefore, PGCPS will not be administering PSAT 8/9 or PSAT 10 assessments during the 2020-2021 school year.

    To view the eligibility criteria for Specialty High School that typically use the PSAT 8/9 for entrance, please view the Specialty Program FAQs available at www.pgcps.org/specialty. The application window for High School Specialty programs will run from October 19-December 18, 2020.

     

    *The PSAT/NMSQT will not be administered in any Prince George's County high schools during the 2020-2021 school year.   Due to the current status of students distance learning in Prince George's County Public Schools and not attending school face to face, the PSAT/NMSQT is not able to be administered.  However, the College Board has created another way for students to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship if they are not able to take the PSAT/NMSQT assessment.   Please use the below link which outlines all the details and steps for alternate avenues of consideration at the National Merit Scholarship site:
    How to Enter the National Merit Scholarship CompetitionAny student who would like to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship should visit the National Merit Scholarship Competition site, review the competition rules, and follow the steps outlined in lieu of the PSAT/NMSQT for this school year. 
    *Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, the ACCUPLACER will not be offered this September. PGCPS and colleges will use a combination of a student’s cumulative grade point average and prior test scores on a college entrance exam to determine spring 2020 semester eligibility. Please refer to dual enrollment for more information.
    • ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students' skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. 
    • ACCUPLACER delivers immediate and precise results while successfully assessing student preparedness for introductory credit-bearing college courses.
    • This assessment is offered to eleventh and twelfth grade students with a 2.5 GPA or higher interested in dual enrollment.

    Informational Websites

    Helpful Documents and Information


    For further information contact:

     

    Troy Brockett
    Test Administration Supervisor (High School) 
    troy.brockett@pgcps.org

    Donna Bradshaw, Ed.D.
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)
    donna.bradshaw@pgcps.org

    LeKeisha Render
    Test Administration Specialist (High School)
    lekeisha.render@pgcps.org

    Margaret Ward
    Test Administration Technician (High School)
    margaret.evans@pgcps.org