NOTE! Test scores and updated rankings for the 2013-14 school yearwere recently posted to SchoolDigger!
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. As early as March 2008, science will be added in grades 3, 5, and 8.The test includes multiple-choice questions and questions requiring written responses.It measures basic as well as higher level skills.Students take the tests for approximately 90 minutes each day. There are four days of testing––two days for reading and two days for math.The testing vendor sends the scores for individual students to local school systems. The school systems then distribute the scores to parents.The MSA scores show how well students learned the reading and mathematics skills in the Voluntary State Curriculum. A norm-referenced score is also provided to show how students performed compared to other students across the nation.Source: MSA Overview, Maryland Dept. of Education
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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics