Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)

Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS)
Grades 3-8
What is the purpose of the PASS tests?
In accordance with Act 282 (passed by the State Legislature in June 2008), the South Carolina Department of Education is developing a new statewide assessment program for students in grades three through eight. The new program, known as the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS), will be aligned to the state academic standards and will include 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 beginning with the 2008-09 school year. The assessment results will also be used for federal accountability purposes (No Child Left Behind).
When will the PASS tests be administered?
The PASS tests will be administered for the first time in spring 2009. The writing test will be administered over two days in March and the remainder of the tests in May.
Which subjects and grade levels will be tested?
All students in grades three through eight will take the PASS writing, ELA, and mathematics tests. All students in grades 4 and 7 will take both the science and social studies tests. Students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 8 will take either the science or the social studies test (with approximately half of the students in each of those grades taking each test).

How and when will the PASS test results be reported?
The PASS tests are being designed to provide standard-level results for each subject - e.g., number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability for mathematics. Standard setting for the PASS tests will take place during the summer of 2009. Therefore, spring 2009 test results will not be available until fall 2009. In 2010 and thereafter, PASS test results will be available by June 16.

For each PASS test, three overall performance levels will be reported:

Exemplary - The student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade level standard.
Met - The student met the grade level standard.
Not Met - The student did not meet the grade level standard.



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