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2013 HSA and Mod-HSA Technical Report


Technical Documentation for the
Maryland High School Assessment
and Modified High School Assessment

Algebra/Data Analysis, Biology, English, and Government
End-of-Course Assessments



TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER I: HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS

Section 1 Introduction

Section 2 Test Construction and Administration

Test Development
Table 2.1 Number of Operational Items by Item Type for Each MD HSA Content Area
Table 2.2 MD HSA Algebra Blueprint
Table 2.3 MD HSA Biology Blueprint
Table 2.4 MD HSA English Blueprint
Table 2.5 MD HSA Government Blueprint

Test Specifications

Item Selection and Form Design
Table 2.6 Form Construction Specifications for the MD HSA October 2012 Administration
Table 2.7 Form Construction Specifications for the MD HSA January 2013 Administration
Table 2.8 Form Construction Specifications for the MD HSA April 2013 Administration
Table 2.9 Form Construction Specifications for the MD HSA May 2013 Administration
Table 2.10 Form Construction Specifications for the MD HSA Summer 2013 Administration
Table 2.11 Number of Operational (OP) and Field Test (FT) Items by MD HSA Content Area

Test Administration
Table 2.12 Test Timing Schedule in Minutes by MD HSA Content Area

Section 3 Validity

Evidence Based on Analyses of Test Content

Evidence Based on Analyses of Internal Test Structure
Table 3.1 Correlations between Subscores by MD HSA Content Area - Algebra & Biology
Table 3.2 Correlations between Subscores by MD HSA Content Area – English & Government
Table 3.3 MD HSA Confirmatory Factor Analyses Fit Statistics
Table 3.4 Number of MD HSA Operational Items Flagged for High Omit Rate

Section 4 Scoring Procedures

Scale Scores

Conditional Standard Errors of Measurement

Lowest and Highest Obtainable Test Scores

Cut Scores
Table 4.1 MD HSA Cut Scores by Content Area

Year-to-Year Scale Maintenance

Section 5 Test Characteristics

Reliability

Decision Accuracy and Decision Consistency
Table 5.1 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Algebra October 2012 Form
Table 5.2 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Algebra January 2013 Forms
Table 5.3 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Algebr April 2013 Forms
Table 5.4 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Algebra May 2013 Forms
Table 5.5 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Algebra Summer 2013 Forms
Table 5.6 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Biology October 2012 Form
Table 5.7 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Biology January 2013 Forms
Table 5.8 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Biology April 2013 Forms
Table 5.9 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Biology May 2013 Forms
Table 5.10 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Biology Summer 2013 Forms
Table 5.11 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA English October 2012 Form
Table 5.12 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA English January 2013 Forms
Table 5.13 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA English April 2013 Forms
Table 5.14 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA English May 2013 Forms
Table 5.15 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA English Summer 2013 Forms
Table 5.16 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Government January 2013 Forms
Table 5.17 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD HSA Government May 2013 Forms

Section 6 Student Characteristics

Summary Statistics
Table 6.1 MD HSA Means and Standard Deviations for 2012-2013 Overall and by Grade
Table 6.2 MD HSA Mean Scale Scores by Administration
Table 6.3 MD HSA Mean Scale Scores over Test Years
Table 6.4 MD HSA Percentage Passing Rates (Proficient + Advanced) over Test Years
Table 6.5 MD HSA Performance Classification Rates in 2013 for Algebra, Biology, English, and Government
Table 6.6 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Algebra: October 2012 Form
Table 6.7 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Algebra: January 2013 Forms
Table 6.8 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Algebra: April 2013 Form
Table 6.9 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Algebra: May 2013 Forms
Table 6.10 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Algebra: Summer 2013 Forms
Table 6.11 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Biology: October 2012 Form
Table 6.12 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Biology: January 2013 Forms
Table 6.13 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Biology: April 2013 Form
Table 6.14 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Biology: May 2013 Forms
Table 6.15 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Biology: Summer 2013 Forms
Table 6.16 Summary Statistics for MD HSA English: October 2012 Form
Table 6.17 Summary Statistics for MD HSA English: January 2013 Forms
Table 6.18 Summary Statistics for MD HSA English: April 2013 Form
Table 6.19 Summary Statistics for MD HSA English: May 2013 Forms
Table 6.20 Summary Statistics for MD HSA English: Summer 2013 Forms
Table 6.21 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Government: January 2013 Forms
Table 6.22 Summary Statistics for MD HSA Government: May 2013 Forms

Demographic Characteristics
Table 6.23 Demographic Information for 2013 MD HSA Algebra
Table 6.24 Demographic Information for 2013 MD HSA Biology
Table 6.25 Demographic Information for 2013 MD HSA English
Table 6.26 Demographic Information for 2013 MD HSA Government

Section 7 Field Test Analyses

Classical Item Analyses
Table 7.1 Distribution of Item Difficulty for the MD HSA January 2013 Field Test Items
Table 7.2 Distribution of Item-Total Correlations for the MD HSA January 2013 Field Test
Table 7.3 Distribution of Item Difficulty for the MD HSA May 2013 Field Test Items
Table 7.4 Distribution of Item-Total Correlations for the MD HSA May 2013 Field Test Items
Table 7.5 MD HSA Field Test Items Excluded from Calibration
Table 7.6 MD HSA Field Test Items with Statistical Flags Retained in Calibration

Differential Item Functioning

IRT Calibration and Scaling

CHAPTER II: MODIFIED HIGH SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS

Section 8 Introduction

Section 9 Test Construction and Administration

Test Development

Test Specifications
Table 9.1 MD Mod-HSA Algebra Blueprint
Table 9.2 MD Mod-HSA Biology Blueprint
Table 9.3 MD Mod-HSA English Blueprint
Table 9.4 MD Mod-HSA Government Blueprint

Test Administration
Table 9.5 MD Mod-HSA Testing Timing Schedule in Minutes by Content Area

Section 10 Validity

Evidence Based on Analyses of Test Content

Evidence Based on Analyses of Internal Test Structure
Table 10.1 Correlations between MD Mod-HSA Subscores by Content Area - Algebra & Biology
Table 10.2 Correlations between MD Mod-HSA Subscores by Content Area – English & Government
Table 10.3 MD Mod-HSA Confirmatory Factor Analyses Fit Statistics

Section 11 Scoring Procedures

Scale Scores

Lowest and Highest Obtainable Test Scores

Cut Scores
Table 11.1 MD Mod-HSA Cut Scores by Content Area

Section 12 Test Characteristics

Reliability

Decision Accuracy and Decision Consistency
Table 12.1 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Algebra October 2012
Table 12.2 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Algebra January 2013
Table 12.3 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Algebra April 2013
Table 12.4 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Algebra May 2013
Table 12.5 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Algebra Summer 2013
Table 12.6 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Biology October 2012
Table 12.7 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Biology January 2013
Table 12.8 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Biology April 2013
Table 12.9 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Biology May 2013
Table 12.10 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Biology 2013 Summer
Table 12.11 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA English October 2012
Table 12.12 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA English January 2013
Table 12.13 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA English April 2013
Table 12.14 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA English May 2013
Table 12.15 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA English Summer 2013
Table 12.16 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Government January 2013
Table 12.17 Decision Accuracy and Consistency: MD Mod-HSA Government May 2013

Section 13 Student Characteristics

Summary Statistics
Table 13.1 MD Mod-HSA Means and Standard Deviations for 2012-2013 Overall and by Grade
Table 13.2 MD Mod-HSA Mean Scale Scores by Content Area and Test Administration
Table 13.3 MD Mod-HSA Mean Scale Scores by Content Area and Test Year
Table 13.4 MD Mod-HSA Percentage Passing Rates (Proficient + Advanced) by Content Area and Test Year
Table 13.5 MD Mod-HSA Percentage of Students in Each Performance Category by Content Area
Table 13.6 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Algebra: October 2012 Form
Table 13.7 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Algebra: January 2013 Form
Table 13.8 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Algebra: April 2013 Form
Table 13.9 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Algebra: May 2013 Form
Table 13.10 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Algebra: Summer 2013 Forms
Table 13.11 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Biology: October 2012 Form
Table 13.12 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Biology: January 2013 Form
Table 13.13 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Biology: April 2013 Form
Table 13.14 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Biology: May 2013 Form
Table 13.15 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Biology: Summer 2013 Forms
Table 13.16 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA English: October 2012 Form
Table 13.17 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA English: January 2013 Form
Table 13.18 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA English: April 2013 Form
Table 13.19 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA English: May 2013 Form
Table 13.20 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA English: Summer 2013 Forms
Table 13.21 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA English: Government: January 2013 Form
Table 13.22 Summary Statistics for MD Mod-HSA Government: May 2013 Form

Demographic Characteristics
Table 13.23 Demographic Information for MD Mod-HSA Algebra
Table 13.24 Demographic Information for MD Mod-HSA Biology
Table 13.25 Demographic Information for MD Mod-HSA English
Table 13.26 Demographic Information for MD Mod-HSA Government

Appendices
Appendix 1A MD HSA Classical Item Statistics: Operational Forms
Appendix 1B MD HSA Classical Item Statistics: Field Test Items
Appendix 2A MD Mod-HSA Classical Item Statistics: Operational Forms
References

A complete copy of the 2013 HSA Technical Report is also available.
 


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