The achievement of minimum academic standards affects graduation, adult achievement, future academic pursuits, and ultimately contributes to the competitiveness of Maryland’s workforce. Students take each High School Assessment (HSA) at the completion of the corresponding course. Accordingly, students may take these exams during any high school grade. The English 2 HSA replaced the English 1 HSA in Academic Year 2005. In 2004, the State Board of Education ruled that, beginning with the class of 2009, public school students must pass the High School Assessments (HSA) to graduate.
On April 24, 2012, the State Board approved the reinstatement of the Government HSA as a graduation requirement. The entering 9th graders in the 2013-2014 school year are required to pass or obtain a combined score of 1602 on the four high school assessments, algebra/data analysis, English, biology, and government to meet the graduation requirement.
Maryland transitioned to Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) in the school year 2014-2015 and starting in 2015-2016, students could meet graduation assessment requirements through either the PARCC or HSA. During the transition to PARCC, students could meet the graduation assessment requirement through participation only in English and Algebra/data analysis.
Information about the High School Graduation Requirements can be found at: http://www.marylandpublicschoo...