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Maryland High School Assessment (MHSA)

Options for Meeting the Maryland High School Assessments Testing Requirement

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Pathway 1: Passing Score/Participation Option

Met Graduation Assessment Requirements by obtaining passing scores on the Maryland High School Assessments (HSA) in government and biology and participating in the Maryland High School Assessments for algebra and English. Prior to the 2016-2017 school year, students could meet the testing requirement through participation in the Maryland High School Assessments in:

  • English 
  • Algebra

The minimum passing scores for the Maryland High School Assessments in:

  • Biology – 400 
  • Government – 394

Students could also meet through participation in science by taking the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) in the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 school year or the HSA Biology in the 2016-2017 school year.

Met Graduation Assessment Requirements by obtaining passing scores on the Maryland High School Assessments in algebra, biology, English, and government.
The minimum passing score for the four tests are as follows:

  • PARCC English 10 - 725
  • PARCC Algebra 1 - 725
  • HSA Government - 394
  • HSA Biology - 400

Met Graduation Assessment requirements on a MSDE approved substitute assessment.
The Department established the following allowable substitutes for the Maryland High School Assessments:

Content Area

AP Exams - Scores of 3, 4 or 5

IB Exams - Scores of 5, 6 or 7


Calculus AB
Calculus BC

Mathematical Studies SL
Mathematics SL
Mathematics HL



Biology SL
Biology HL


English Language
English Literature

English A/B


US Government and Politics

Not Applicable


Pathway 2: Combined Score Option

Combined Score (scores for PARCC and HSA may not be combined)

  • 1450 combined minimum scores for PARCC English 10 and PARCC Algebra 1
  • 794 for Biology and Government

Other Combined Score Options involving only HSA tests. These options are less likely to be earned by students since HSA tests in Algebra and English ended in 2015, and HSA Biology ended in 2017.

  • 1206 for Algebra 1, Biology, Government (English 10 participation)
  • 1190 for Biology, English, Government (Algebra 1 participation)
  • 812 for Algebra 1 and Biology (Government Bridge Plan and English participation)
  • 806 for Algebra 1 and Government (Biology participation or Biology Bridge Plan and English 10 participation)
Pathway 3: Bridge Plan for Academic Validation 

Students who meet the Eligibility Criteria listed in COMAR 13A.03.02.06.E.1 and have failed to satisfy any of their Maryland High School Graduation Assessment requirements via Pathways 1 and 2, may satisfy unmet requirements through successful completion of applicable Bridge Plan projects.

Due to the remedial benefits of participation in the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation process, a student may begin to work on a Bridge Project in a subject prior to failing the associated Maryland High School Assessment in that subject twice; however, the project cannot be used as a means to satisfy a graduation assessment requirement until the student has failed the aligned Maryland High School Assessment at least twice.

Pathway 4: Waiver 

Award Waiver, if needed and eligible, as outlined in COMAR 13A.03.02.09-1


MSDE guide to the Maryland Integrated Science Assessments (MISA)

MSDE's HSA Government Public Online Course Login credentials are provided at the site.

Newly Released (Oct. 2017) HSA Government Practice Tests (paper & online - Measured Progress website)

Released Government HSA Tests (MSDE)

Pearson Site PARCC Practice Tests

PARCC Practice Tests - PARCC Site

Government Test Prep Practice