MISA 2017-18


Maryland Integrated Science Assessment



Grade levels

5, 8

About the test

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment is administered to all students in fifth grade and all students in eighth grade every spring. The test will first be administered in the 2016-17 school year, as it replaces the former Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in science.

The test is made up of four “units.” In each of the first three units, students will read information about three separate phenomena and answer questions about each. One of those questions will be a constructed response question, and the other questions will be a combination of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and other technology-enabled item types.

  • Units 1–3
    • 3 tasks in each, which are based on scientific phenomena
      • 1 constructed response question for each task
      • 5 other types of questions for each task
  • Unit 4
    • 1 task similar to those in units 1–3
    • 1 extended task that may include a simulation

Standards being assessed

Next Generation Science Standards

Accommodation information

Coming soon…

Archive from prior years

None. The 2016-17 school year is the first time this test has been given to Maryland students. For information about past administrations of the MSA science test (2007–2016), please visit this MSDE website. To see how students performed on the MSA science test, please visit Md Report Card.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which schools will give the MISA? All public elementary and middle schools (5th and 8th grade) will participate in MISA in the spring of 2017. Other non-public schools in Maryland who traditionally take MD state assessments may also participate.

Who developed the MISA? MISA was developed by MSDE Science and Assessment Office staffs. Additionally, educators from local education agencies participated in content, bias, and sensitivity reviews during the summer of 2016. The vendor for MISA is Pearson.

What pilot testing was done? In the fall of 2015, several LEAs participated in MISA cognitive labs at both the 5th and 8th grade levels. MISA this year is a field test. MISA does not go operational until the spring of 2018.