High School Assessments

  • In High School, students take quarterly assessments in all courses. Some quarterly assessments are common district assessments and were developed by teams of teachers from different schools while other quarterly assessments are developed by school content teams/teachers. Each quarterly assessment is worth 10% of the student's grade in each course. Some quarterly assessments are traditional (multiple choice, essay, etc.) while others are performance-based (projects, presentations, portfolios, etc.).

    In addition to quarterly assessments, students take the following state assessments:

    • MCAP Mathematics for Algebra I Assessment. In order to graduate, students must earn a passing score on Algebra I or complete a Bridge Project. 
    • MCAP English 10 Assessment. In order to graduate, students must earn a passing score or complete a Bridge Project.  
    • HSA in US Government (normally in 10th grade). In order to graduate, students must earn a passing score on HSA Government or complete a Bridge Project.  
    • MISA in Science (9th, 10th, or 11th grade, depending on the student's course sequence). 

     All 11th Grade students will take the PSAT and SAT. 

    Assessment Schedule for AACPS District Created/Selected Assessments

    To see the High School AACPS Mandated District-Created/Selected Assessment Fact Sheet, click here. Please note that this fact sheet only includes AACPS Created Assessments. For quarters where there is not an AACPS District-Created assessment, teachers work with content teams to create the assessments. All high school courses require a quarterly assessment each quarter.    

    To see the High School AACPS Quarterly Assessment Calendar, including the Senior QA4 Calendar, click here. Please note that the calendar provides a WINDOW of dates. Each school/teacher selects dates within the windows. Contact your child's school directly for the specific dates.


Testing Accommodations

  • Depending upon the student's plan (IEP, 504, EL), the appropriate accommodations found in Section 5 of the Maryland Accommodations Manual and accommodations found in the MCAP Accommodations Manual are made available to each student when appropriate for assessments.