South Carolina State Assessments
PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards)
Description: Students take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) in grades 3-8 and test English language arts, mathematics, writing, social studies, and science. Subjects tested in each grade level include:
- 3rd grade: English language arts; mathematics, science or social studies (randomly assigned).
- 4th grade: English language arts; mathematics; science and social studies.
- 5th grade: English language arts; mathematics; writing; science or social studies (randomly assigned).
- 6th grade: English language arts; mathematics; science or social studies (randomly assigned).
- 7th grade: English language arts; mathematics; science and social studies.
- 8th grade: English language arts; mathematics; writing; science or social studies (randomly assigned).
Data: PASS data and statistics from 2008-2011.
HSAP (High School Assessment Program)
Description: The HSAP assesses selected South Carolina academic standards in English language arts and mathematics that students have had opportunity to learn by the end of the tenth grade. Every student must pass the HSAP to graduate from from high school unless they meet the qualifications for alternative assessment.
Data: HSAP data and statistics from 2008-2011.
EOCEP (End-of-Course Examination Program)
Description: The End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP tests in the following subject areas: Algebra 1/Math for the Technologies 2; English 1; US History and the Constitution; and Biology 1/Applied Biology 2.
Data: EOCEP data and statistics from 2010.
SC-Alt (South Carolina Alternative Assessment)
Description: The SC-Alt is an alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities who are assessed against alternate achievement standards as they are unable to participate in the general assessment program even with accommodations. The SC-Alt is administered to students who meet the participation guidelines for alternate assessment and who are ages 8-13 and age 15 as of September 1 of the assessment year. (These are the ages of students who are typically in grades 3-8 and 10).
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