Statewide Assessment


Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

SDPC uses an interim assessment called MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) in grades K through 8. MAP is a computerized adaptive test developed by NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association). MAP measures students' academic growth from year to year in the areas of mathematics, reading, and language usage. When students take a MAP assessment, the difficulty of the test is adjusted to the student's performance. If a student answers correctly, the questions become more difficult. If a student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. Students take 48-52 questions, answering approximately half of the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student's instructional level. The advantage of this testing process is that teachers and students receive immediate feedback; teachers can then personalize instruction based on the student's needs. 

The assessments are aligned with the South Carolina curriculum for each subject, giving specific information about the major goal categories. For example, in "Mathematics," the goal categories are "Algebra," "Data Analysis & Probability," "Geometry," "Measurement," and "Number & Operations."  MAP assessment reports provide information for each goal category in each subject for each student. This increases the value of the assessments as a tool for improving student learning because it enables teachers to recognize areas where the student needs help. 

SC READY is the assessment for English and Math in grades 3-8. The South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) are statewide assessment 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 student 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.  Beginning with the 2016-17 school year SC READY will be administered online.  SC READY is aligned to our State's College and Career Readiness Standards, and the assessments are focused on college and career readiness.  Scores reflect the knowledge and skills students develop over time—across grades—and link these results to readiness for college and career, providing an evolving picture of student growth.  SC READY results will be used for federal accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This test must be administered during the last twenty school days.  

South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) is the statewide assessment administered to South Carolina students in grades 4 through 8 for Science and Social Studies. The Social Studies test will no longer be given to grades 5 and 7. All students in grades 4 and 6 are required to take SCPASS Science except those who qualify for NCSC Alternate Assessment.  SCPASS only includes tests in science for grades 4 and 6.   Aligned to the South Carolina Academic Standards for Science, SCPASS test items assess the content knowledge and skills described in the standards and indicators. SCPASS results will also be used for federal accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA).  

Testing for Identification of Gifted and Talented Students

Students are qualified for gifted services using the following criteria:


Profile SC State-Funded Academic Gifted and Talented Program


Dimension A: Reasoning Ability

CogAT or OLSAT – administered in 2nd grade

InView- administered in grades 3-8

93rd national age percentile or higher

Verbal, Nonverbal, or Composite

96th national age percentile Composite (total) score or higher = automatically qualified

Dimension B: High Achievement in Reading and/or Mathematical Areas


94th percentile or higher in Reading or Math on MAP

PASS cut scores are determined by state each summer.

Dimension C: Intellectual/Academic Performance

SC Performance Tasks (STAR)


(Eligibility: Must meet A or B)



2nd grade= V or NV 16

3rd grade= V or NV 18

4th grade= V-16 or NV-22

5th grade= V-18 or NV 25

Administered in February

End of 5th grade year: GPA of 3.75 or higher on 4.0 scale