American Government High School Assessment

The High School Assessment (HSA) in American Government is required for graduation.
To help students prepare for the assessment, the following links to resources are provided.


NEW American Government Standards and Framework A detailed list of all the objectives, indicators, and assessment limits which appear on the exam.
NEW Practice Exam for H.S.A. American Government​A full practice test for the H.S.A. American Government Assessment. This uses the new iTester platform.

In October 2018, this test will be updated.  In the update, it will reflect two new item types: Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs), and Evidence Based Argument Set (EBAS).

A hot link to the practice test is on the left and directions for accessing the practice test can be found here.
NEW Rubrics

4 Point Rubric for BCRs

5 Point Rubric for ECRs - Draft

Beginning with the January 2019 administration, the following rubrics will be used to score Brief Constructed Responses (BCRs) and Extended Response Items (ECRs) on the American Government High School Assessment.

The 4-point rubric is for BCR items.  The 5-point rubric will be used to score the ECRs that appear at the end of the Evidence-based Argument Sets (EBAS).  A sample EBAS can be found below.
NEW Sample Evidence-based Argument Set (EBAS) for American Government Assessment
The More Learning, Less Testing Act of 2017 (§7–203) requires that the Maryland High School Assessment in American Government include, “…to the greatest extent possible, of criterion–referenced, performance–based tasks that require students to utilize critical and historical thinking skills and analyze primary sources.”  To comply with the law, beginning with the January 2019 administration, the H.S.A. American Government assessment will include Evidence-based Argument Sets (EBAS).  For the 2019 administrations, the EBAS will be field test status only, and thus will not be used as a part of the items used to determine student scores. Beginning with the January 2020 administration, the EBAS will be used as a part of the items used to determine student scores.
Online Course This hybrid course, located on the eConnect portal at LearnMD, reviews content and provides practice questions to prepare for the assessment.
Practice Assessment These public release items are organized by year and by indicator, allowing you to focus attention on important areas of study.
NEW Assessment Resources

A list of links to other assessment resources, such as guidelines for writing CRs.
New Resources Coming Soon!
Instructional Strategies
A list of links to other useful resources about the assessment.
NEW
Source Work Crosswalks
The crosswalks illustrate the connection between Maryland’s 6.0 Skills and Processes and commonly used source analysis approaches (SHEG, APPPARTS, SOAPSTONE)

SHEG Crosswalk - Crosswalk between Maryland’s 6.0 Skills and Processes and the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) Approach

APPARTS Crosswalk - Crosswalk with College Board’s Pre-AP APPARTS Document Analysis Method

SOAPSTONE Crosswalk - Crosswalk with College Board’s Advanced Placement SOAPSTONE Document Analysis Method