• About The Tests in District 5:

     

    Access for MLs (Multiple Language Learners)

    Students Tested

    Students pre-screened or previously served as limited English proficient.

    Subjects Tested

    Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing

    When Tested

    Students are tested between the end of February to mid- March.

    How Are Results Reported

    Scores are reported to students, teachers, district, the State Department of Education and nationally.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used to monitor student progress on an annual basis, to establish when ELLs have attained English language proficiency, and to inform classroom instruction and assessment.

     

    WIN Ready to Work

    Students Tested

    All students in grades eleven

    Subjects Tested

    Reading for Information, Locating Information, and Applied Mathematics

    When Tested

    Spring State Testing Window

    How Are Results Reported

    Certificate levels for WIN Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC): Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.  Scale scores and overall level scores are also reported.

    How Results Are Used

    Results identify job skill and are recognized by some employers using WIN NCRC system.  Results are also used to inform policy-makers and stakeholders, guide decision-making about professional development needs, and help teachers meet each student’s individual needs.

     

    AP Examinations

    Students Tested

    Students who take an Advanced Placement course

    Subjects Tested

    Please visit course directories at our high schools for local courses available.  A list of all possible AP opportunities may be found at http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home .

    When Tested

    Students are tested in the month of May.  A complete exam schedule may be found at http://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees .

    How Are Results Reported

    Results are reported for accountability at the local, state and national levels.  Students receive individual score reports directly from College Board about two months after testing and may request that scores are sent to colleges of their choice according to the College Board fee schedule.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used for local, state and federal accountability requirements.  Scores of 3 or higher may allow for college credit depending on the institution.

     

    Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

    Students Tested

    All students in grade 2 and referred students in grades 3-5

    Subjects Tested

    Verbal-Picture Analogies, Sentence Completion, Picture Classification

    Quantitative-Number Analogies, Number Puzzles, Number Series

    Nonverbal-Figure Matrices, Paper Folding, Figure Classification

    When Tested

    Late October through Mid-November

    How Are Results Reported

    Scores are reported to students, teachers, district, and the State Department of Education.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used to inform policy-makers and stakeholders, guide decision-making about placement into gifted and talented programs, and help teachers meet each student’s individual need.

     

    End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP)

    Students Tested

    All students who enroll in a course in which the academic standards corresponding to the EOCEP tests are taught 

    Subjects Tested

    Algebra 1, Biology 1, English 2, US History

    When Tested

    Students are tested during the last twenty school days of the course.

    How Are Results Reported

    Students receive a total scale score.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used for school, district, state and federal accountability requirements.  Scores represent twenty-percent of the student’s final course grade.

     

    Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)

    Students Tested

    Five Year Old Kindergarten

    Subjects Tested

    Mathematics, Language and Literacy, and Observation

    When Tested

    Students are tested during the first 45 days of school.

    How Are Results Reported

    Scores are reported to students, teachers, district, and the State Department of Education.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used to inform policy-makers and stakeholders, guide decision-making about professional development needs, and help teachers meet each student’s individual needs.

     

    National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

    Students Tested

    Samples of students from grades four, eight and twelve

    Subjects Tested

    Arts, civics, economics, geography, mathematics, reading, science, technology and engineering literacy, US History, and writing

    When Tested

    Usually between the third week of January and the first week of March

    How Are Results Reported

    Results are reported on the Nation’s Report Card, but are never reported for individual students or schools. 

    How Results Are Used

    Results are reported for populations of students, groups within populations, and percentiles.  They are used to inform educators, parents, and policymakers of what students know and can do in key subjects.

     

    Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

    Students Tested

    Four Year Old Kindergarten

    Subjects Tested

    Name Writing, Alphabet Knowledge, Beginning Sound Awareness, Print and Word Awareness, Rhyme Awareness and Nursery Rhyme Awareness

    When Tested

    Students are tested during the first 45 days of school and last 45 days of school.

    How Are Results Reported

    Scores are reported to students, teachers, district, and the State Department of Education.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used to inform policy-makers and stakeholders, guide decision-making about professional development needs, and help teachers meet each student’s individual needs.

     

    Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

    Students Tested

    All students in their second year of high school and other students that desire to take the test and pay the required fee

    Subjects Tested

    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics

    When Tested

    Mid - October

    How Are Results Reported

    Scores and sub-scores in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics are reported to individual students and schools.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used by students, teachers and counselors in guiding students in areas where they need more work to obtain the optimum level of readiness for their career path.  PSAT scores will help predict how well students will perform on the SAT and will help students determine if the SAT or ACT would be a better college entrance examination.  Finally, results are used to select students for a national scholarship program called the National Merit Scholarship.

     

    South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS)

    Students Tested

    Students in grades four and six will take the SCPASS test for science. 

    Subjects Tested

    2014 South Carolina Academic Standards and Performance Indicators for Science

    When Tested

    Students are tested during the last twenty school days of the school year.

    How Are Results Reported

    Students receive a total scale score, overall performance level-Exemplary, Met, Approaches, or Not Met-for each test.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used for school, district, state and federal accountability requirements.  Scores are also use to guide instructional planning and to help individualize student learning paths.

     

    South Carolina College and Career Ready Assessments (SC READY)

    Students Tested

    Students in grades three through eight

    Subjects Tested

    English Language Arts – 2015 South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts

    Mathematics – 2015 South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics

    When Tested

    Students are tested during the last twenty school days of the school year.

    How Are Results Reported

    Students receive a total scale score, overall performance level-Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, and Does Not Meet Expectations-and state percentile rank for each test.  In addition, students will receive a lexile score in ELA and a quantile score in math which will be used to project college readiness.

    Students will receive an individual score report that summarizes their performance on the SCREADY assessment.

    How Results Are Used

    Results are used for school, district, state and federal accountability requirements.  Scores are also use to guide instructional planning and to help individualize student learning paths.