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Testing
HSAP PASS EOC SAT / ACT

HSAP meets the requirement of the South Carolina Education Accountability Act (EAA) of 1998 that each public school student pass an exit examination to receive a South Carolina high school diploma. It is also used to measure students' academic achievement on high school standards in accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

Learn more about HSAP:
What is HSAP?
SC Dept. of Ed. Portal
HSAP Scoring Rubric

PASS Testing
In accordance with Act 282 (passed by the State Legislature in June 2008), the South Carolina Department of Education has developed a new statewide assessment program for students in grades three through eight. The new program, known as the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), is aligned to the state academic standards and includes tests in writing, English language arts (reading and research), mathematics, science, and social studies. The PASS test results will be used for school and school district accountability purposes. The assessment results will also be used for federal accountability purposes (No Child Left Behind).
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More about each section of PASS:

Information about the PASS writing test

               Writing Test Blueprint for Grades 3-8 (pdf)
               Writing Sample Multiple-choice Items (pdf)
               Sample Writing Answer Document (pdf)
 
               Science Test Blueprint for Grades 3-8 (pdf)
               Science Sample Items for Grades 3-8 (pdf)
               Periodic Table for 7th Grade (pdf)
               Large-Print Periodic Table for 7th Grade (pdf)
 
               ELA Test Blueprint for Grades 3-8 (pdf)
               ELA Sample Items for Grades 3-8 (pdf)
               Social Studies Test Blueprint for Grades 3-8 (pdf)
               Social Studies Sample Items (pdf)
                          3rd Grade

                         
4th Grade
                         
5th Grade
                         
6th Grade
                         
7th Grade
                         
8th Grade
               
Web-based Resources and Support Documents


               Mathematics Test Blueprint for Grades 3-8 (pdf)
               Mathematics Sample Items for Grades 3-8 (pdf)
               Ruler (pdf)
              
Protractor (pdf)              
              
Large Print Ruler (pdf)
              
Large Print Protractor (pdf)
               Grade 6 Reference Sheet (pdf)
              
Grade 7 Reference Sheet (pdf)
              
Grade 8 Reference Sheet (pdf)
              
Grade 6 Large Print Ref. Sheet (pdf)
              
Grade 7 Large Print Ref. Sheet (pdf)
              
Grade 8 Large Print Ref. Sheet (pdf)
               Mathematics Sample Items (pdf)
                          3rd Grade

                         
4th Grade
                         
5th Grade
                         
6th Grade
                         
7th Grade
                         
8th Grade

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EOC Examination Program
The Education Accountability Act of 1998 requires the development of end-of-course examinations in gateway or benchmark courses. The program is called End-of-Course-Examination Program (EOCEP).
The examinations, which count 20 percent of the students’ final grade in each gateway or benchmark course, currently include Algebra 1/Math for the Technologies 2, English 1, US History and the Constitution, and Biology 1/Applied Biology 2. 

Algebra 1/Math for the Technologies 2

               Teacher's Guide With Sample Items (pdf)
               Calculator Use Policy (pdf)
               Clearing Calculators (pdf)
               Academic Standards (pdf)
               Test Blueprint (pdf)
               Reference Sheet (pdf)
               Technical Report (pdf)
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Biology 1/Applied Biology 2

               Academic Standards (pdf)
               EOC Teachers' Guide (pdf)
               Test Blueprint (pdf)
               EOC's Review of the Biology 1/Applied Biology End-of-Course Test (pdf)
              
Transition to Biology Memorandum (pdf)
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English 1

              Teacher's Guide With Sample Items (pdf)
              Academic Standards (pdf)
              Test Blueprint (pdf)
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U.S. History and the Constitution

              2012-13 Assessment Information(pdf)
             
Academic Standards (pdf)
              Test Blueprint (pdf)
              USHC Crosswalk Document (pdf)
              Teacher's Guide With Sample Items (pdf)
              Release Items (ppt)
              Building Bridges Between Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (ppt)
              From Knowledge to Understanding (ppt)
              Social Studies, Every Student, Every Day (ppt)
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SAT / ACT

College Prep: SAT and ACT Test Preparation Tips and Resources

To assist students in preparing for national college entrance exams, such as the ACT, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT, as well as Advanced Placement (AP) exams, the SCVSP offers test preparation free-of-charge to any public, private, or home school student in the state of South Carolina whether they are enrolled in the SCVSP or not. These reviews were developed by Shmoop,  a digital curriculum test prep company that makes fun yet rigorous learning materials that will help students prepare for national exams. Click here to access the testprep page sponsored by the SC Virtual School Program.


SAT

The SAT is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States.  The test is intended to assess a student’s readiness for college.  The current SAT Reasoning Test takes three hours and forty-five minutes to finish and cost $50, excluding late fees.  Possible scores range from 600 to 2400, combining test results from three 800-point sections (Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing).  Learn more at SAT.CollegeBoard.org

ACT:

The ACT, originally an abbreviation of American College Testing, is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc.  The ACT has historically consisted of four tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. In February 2005, an optional Writing test was added to the ACT, mirroring changes to the SAT. Learn more about the ACT at ACT.org or ACTstudent.org
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