Parents Corner

Welcome to the parent's corner section.  Here you will be able to find out general information about the important tests your student may take (MAP, MISA, HSA, ReadiStep, PSAT and PARCC).  Under this tab you will also be able to view resources that can help your student prepare for the various tests.

According to State College Area School District and NWEA, MAP is a computerized adaptive assessment taken on an individual basis. When taking a MAP assessment, the difficulty of each question is based upon how well a student answers all of the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, the student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.  For more information about MAP, please click on the link provided: MAP Information

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment will be administered to eighth grade students every spring. The test consists of several different types of questions including multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, constructed response, matching, and technology-enabled item types, For more information, please click on the link provided: MISA Information
This website from the Maryland State Department of Education explains the HSAand why it is important. Please click on the link provided: HSA Information

ReadiStep is a test given to 8th and 9th graders.  The main purpose of the test is to prepare/predict a students success on the SAT and in college.  Collegeboard prepared a fact sheet to help give more details about the test: ReadiStep Fact Sheet

The PSAT is a test given to a few 9th graders and to all 10th graders.  This test gives students a chance to prepare for the SAT in 11th and 12th grade as well as give students a scholarship opprotunity if they score well.  For more information collected from College Board, click on the link provided:  PSAT Information 


Practice Test
General Test Prep
Montgomery County Public Schools made a fantastic website to help students prepare for the HSA.  With this website users can take pre-made practice test on any topic in any of the HSA tested areas Government or Biology).  The user will get immediate feedback if they got the question correct or not as well as assistance for questions they get wrong.  Users can pick a test based on random or by specific topic of struggle.

Important Note:  The website will ask you for an email address and name.  You do not need to put in your actual email address (you can use

Skill Development
The links below will help your student develop the skills they will need in order to perform at their best on various Maryland Assessments.

Government Blackboard Site

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