Statewide Assessment

Statewide Assessment

MAP--The School District of Pickens County uses a formative assessment called MAP (Measures of Academic Progress).  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. 

PASS--The South Carolina Department of Education is the statewide assessment program for students in grades three through eight. The 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 are used for school and school district accountability purposes. The assessment results are also used for federal accountability purposes (No Child Left Behind). 

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