School Improvement in Maryland
What does MSA look like?

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has released literary and informational passages with related test items from the 2003 administration of the reading MSA to provide students, teachers, and the public examples of how students are being assessed.

MSDE staff and Maryland teachers, along with our Vendors (Harcourt and CTB), wrote and selected the test items. Potential test items go through an extensive process of editing and review to improve, correct, or eliminate poor items. The released test items consist of a mixture of selected (multiple choice) and brief constructed response items. They are all psychometrically valid and reliable.

Reading Public Release Items and Student Responses

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MSDE has also provided examples of items similar to the assessed items on MSA.

Reading Sample Items

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Mathematics Sample Items

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