School Improvement in Maryland

MISA: Maryland Integrated Science Assessment

What is MISA?

MISA Descriptive Material

Maryland Public Schools- Testing Content and Data

Maryland Assessment

Some Facts about MISA:

  • The assessments meet the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
  • The assessments are administered in Grade 5, Grade 8, and High School.
  • The assessments include both selected response and constructed response items. Some selected response items are technology enhanced items.
  • The assessments are online assessments taken on a computer.
  • The assessments were developed by MSDE with input from Maryland educators.


MISA Descriptive Material

Maryland Public Schools- Testing Content and Data

Standards being assessed

Next Generation Science Standards

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) are science assessments in Grade 5, 8 and High School. These assessments provide educators, parents, and the public with information on student progress towards science literacy.

High School MISA

The High School Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (HS MISA) is the final assessment in a series of science assessments that a student will take aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. The HS MISA will be field tested in the 2017-18 school year, as it replaces the HSA Biology assessment at the high school level. The HS MISA will be given in January and May of each school year and in the 2019-2020 school year it will also be given in the summer.

The 2017-2018 field test will consist of two sessions (or units) each taking approximately 40 minutes. The operational assessment which will be administered in 2018-2019 will consist of five sessions.

In each of the sessions, students will read information about two separate phenomena and respond to items about each. One of those items will be a constructed response item, and the other items will be a combination of selected response, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and other technology enhanced item types.

Since each session will be administered for approximately 40 minutes, the assessment can be administered with a session given each day during a regular class period or multiple sessions can be administered in the same day. Each school system has the flexibility to administer it in a manner which will have the least amount of disruption to the school day.


- 2 item sets in each session, which are based on scientific phenomena
- 1 constructed response item for each set
- 5 other types of items for each set

The HS MISA is developed using a subset of the High School grade band standards. Download the PE's used to develop the HS MISA.