The Maryland School Assessment (MSA) is a test of reading and math achievement that meets the testing requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The test is given each year in early March in reading and math at grades 3 through 8. The science test is given in April or early May. Your child's school system will choose the exact testing dates within the testing window designated by the State. Scores from the MSA and other state tests are posted on the Web at www.mdreportcard.org. The testing calendar is available as an Adobe PDF document. Sample test items are available on mdk12.org.
A Parent's Guide to the MSA
English - Spanish (The Spanish version is currently under revision) December 2012
MSA Technical Reports
General MSA Information:
The documents below explain more about the test. For even more information, and to see sample MSA test questions, visit the MSA section of the School Improvement in Maryland Web site.
The following links provide additional information about the Maryland School Assessment:
Contact Information: Maryland State Department of Education 200 West Baltimore Street Baltimore, MD 21201
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
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