The Maryland State Department of Education has created mini-assessments for the public release forms of the high school assessments that have been placed online. These assessments will enable teachers and students to better understand how the English HSA measures the English Core Learning Goals (CLG) at the indicator level.
Students who take the mini-assessments online will receive immediate feedback regarding their performance. For the selected response items, correct answers are provided. For the constructive response items, scoring rubrics and anchor papers are provided since students must self-score the constructed response items to receive useful feedback. Additionally, by self-scoring their response, students will get a better understanding of the constructed response scoring process. Because the score reporting categories for the English HSA fall under two broad categories, Writing and Reading & Literature, the mini-assessments are arranged accordingly.
The mini-assessments for English include a combination of selected response and constructed response items. Correct answers are provided for the selected response and constructed response items. Since teachers and students score the constructed response items, the English rubric and anchor papers for each constructed response item are provided. Self-scoring the constructed response items also will offer students the opportunity to better understand how constructed response items are scored.