School Improvement in Maryland

This Week’s MSA Item

MSA Items of the week can be used in a variety of ways by teachers, students, parents, tutors and other interested parties. They may be used as warm-up activity at the beginning of the class or as a review at the end of instruction. Students and parents can use them as an ongoing review to ensure that students have mastered and retained the content they are expected to learn.

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Use your mouse to select a grade from the subject categories below. This week’s MSA Item for that category will appear at right.




Student Handout with Answer Key, and Objective Information.

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Monitoring Reports

Students can keep a record of their progress on these assessment items by using the Monitoring Report, a tool that lists of of the grade level objectives assessed on MSA. The Monitoring Report contains space for entering multiple assessment results and diagnostic comments.

Monitoring Report for Reading Grade 3

MSA Item of the Week

This item is one of the many resources available in the Reading State Curriculum Toolkit.

Reading Grade 3

Read the sentence in the box. Then choose the answer in which the underlined word is used in the same way. Mark the space for the answer you have chosen.

May Sammy come outside to play after school?

In which sentence does the word play mean the same as in the sentence above?

  1. Jackie's play train moves very fast.
  2. My sister is learning how to play the piano.
  3. Sonia has an important part in this year's school play.
  4. I had to do homework before I could play with my friends.

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