But the 2014 MSA will be even more infuriating than usual. Maryland schools have already begun shifting over to a new curriculum, the Common Core, which the MSA does not test. In other words, students this year will be taught one thing and will be tested on something completely different. As a result, the Maryland State Department of Education has admitted the obvious, that the tests cannot be used to gauge school progress. Unfortunately, due to a ridiculous federal mandate being enforced by the United States Department of Education, we are still going to administer this test — a test that is meaningless for students, teachers and schools.