The South Carolina Department of Education, in accordance with ACT 282, developed the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (P.A.S.S.) test in 2008.The test is administered over two sessions in March and May. Students in grades 3 through 8 take the test. The test covers the areas of writing, English language arts, math, social studies and science. Students in seventh grade take the test in all areas. Eighth graders take the test in writing, English language arts, math, and are randomly selected to take either the science or social studies portion of the test. The test results are used for school, district, state, and federal accountability purposes. For information not provided by the school or specific questions about the test, please refer to the State Department of Education website.
The South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) are statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that will meet all of the requirements of Acts 155 and 200, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) , the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), and the Assessments Peer Review guidance. All students in grades 3–8 are required to take the SC READY except those who qualify for the South Carolina National Center and State Collaborative (SC-NCSC). SC READY Assessments are not timed, and both computer-based and paper-based testing will be available. Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) is the contractor.
The High School Assessment program (HSAP) meets the requirements of the State Educational Accountability Act (EAA of 2008) that states that each public school student pass an exit exam to receive a high school diploma. It is also used to measure student’s achievement on high school standards in accordance with No Child Left Behind. HSAP assesses selected South Carolina academic standards in English language arts and mathematics that students have had the opportunity to learn by the end of the 10th grade. The test is given to students, beyond the second year, after their initial enrollment in ninth grade.
END OF COURSE TESTING
The EAA of 1998 requires the development of end-of-course testing for gateway or benchmark courses. Those courses are Algebra 1, Mathematics for the Technologies 2, English 1, U.S. History and the Constitution, Physical Science, Biology 1 and Applied Biology. The exam will count 20% of the final grade for the course (except for the Biology courses which need approval by the Educational Oversight Committee)