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Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Aiken County Public Schools, and welcome to acpsd.net!  
Assessment Programs
South Carolina Department of Education Assessment Information

Aiken County teachers use a wide variety of assessments in order to better understand a student’s current instructional needs. The assessments found on this page are considered to be formative, meaning the information provided is meant to assist teachers in making decisions about next instructional steps. 

ACPSD Assessment Calendar
Additional Resources
ACPSD Reading Level Correlation Chart
State Department of South Carolina Testing General Information Website


The summative state assessment programs are to be announced at a later date. 
Click here for more information from the SDOE.

The Developmental Reading Assessment, Second Edition (DRA2), is an individual reading
assessment designed to assess students' reading performance in kindergarten through grade 8.
The DRA2 provides teachers with information that helps identify students' independent
reading level and instructional needs.

Grade(s)/Subjects Assessed - Kindergarten
2016 Testing Dates: Fall Administration- September 14, 2015- October 20, 2015
District Contact: Dr. Randall Stowe (rstowe@acpsd.net)

EOCEP 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.

Grades/Subjects Assessed - Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2, English 1, U.S. History and the Constitution, and Biology 1/Applied Biology 2.
2016 EOCEP Assessment Dates

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F & P (Fountas & Pinnell)
Overview - The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) is a comprehensive assessment system designed to measure student reading development in a way that informs instructional next steps. During the one-on-one assessment administration, teachers are provided with reliable and valid data of students’ observable reading behaviors as well as insight into how the reader thinks within, about, and beyond the text. Using efficient measurement tools partnered with strong instruction, equips teachers to work within each individual student’s instructional and independent reading levels.

* Grade(s)/Subjects Assessed - 1st and 2nd grade
* 1st and 2nd Grade Benchmark 2015-2016 Assessment Schedule
* System Levels and Components
* Instructional Level Expectations for Reading (Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, Does Not Meet)
* The Continuum of Literacy Learning
* BAS User’s Forum Discussions
* Research Background
* Support Materials
* Case Studies

District Contact: Morgan Bowie (mbowie@acpsd.net) or Melissa Turner (mturner@acpsd.net)

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 Gold (Teaching Strategies Gold)

Overview: Teaching Strategies GOLD is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing young children. Using the GOLD system, teachers observe children in the context of every day learning experiences to effectively learn what they know and can do. Teaching Strategies GOLD is based on thirty-eight objectives for development and learning that include predictors of school success and are based on school readiness standards. The objectives are also aligned with the state early learning standards.   While the GOLD assessment system is ongoing and observational in nature, there are three reporting checkpoints a year: fall, winter, and spring.  In the Aiken County Public School District, the GOLD assessment system is administered to all students enrolled in their 4K school year.

Grades Assessed: Pre-k
District Contact: Jaime Creasy (jcreasy@acpsd.net)

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Mastery Connect
Overview- ACPS District utitilizes MasteryConnect, an online software system, as a tool to provide timely feedback on student progress towards mastery of identified standards.  MasteryConnect facilitates teachers’ ability to make informed instructional decisions based on real-time data.  Through collaboration and professional reflection, MasteryConnect will assist teachers in identifying a student’s level of understanding in order to develop targeted interventions to positively impact academic growth.  MasteryConnect will serve as a means for shared ownership between students and teachers in the teaching and learning process. 
District Contact- Melissa Turner (mturner@acpsd.net)

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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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SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) / SAM (Scholastic Achievement Manager)
Overview - The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) is a research-based, reading assessment that measures students’ level of reading comprehension and reports it using the Lexile Framework® for Reading. The score from this test helps teachers place students on the correct educational path, adjust their teaching style to students’ needs, track students’ reading growth over time, and match readers to books appropriate for their skills.
The electronic version of the Scholastic Reading Inventory is an online adaptive test that adjusts to students’ responses. Once students start the test, the difficulty levels of questions change according to students’ performance. When the SRI assessment program has enough information to generate a Lexile measure, the assessment stops. Adaptive testing shortens test-taking time, increases testing accuracy, and helps ensure that no two students receive the same test.
Scholastic Reading Inventory has a test bank of 5,119 questions, and is based on passages from children’s literature, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as excerpts from young adult and classic literature, newspapers, magazines, and periodicals. As they take the SRI, students answer fill-in-the-blank or cloze questions, similar to those found in many standardized tests, which measure students’ comprehension of the passages they read.
The SRI Experience
One benefit of the SRI test is that it provides a non-threatening environment for testing.
The following features are built into the SRI test:
  • Questions are not timed. Students are not pressured to answer questions as quickly as possible to get through the test.
  • Students take a practice test to ensure that they understand the test-taking procedures.
  • Students may skip up to three questions per test without affecting results.
  • At the completion of the test, students may view a customized Recommended Reading Report based on their results from the SRI test and the types of books they like to read.
  • Students may use the mouse or keyboard to take the test.
  The following is a quick overview of the testing process:
  • The student takes the Practice Test to become familiar with the computer-based testing process.
  • The student takes the actual SRI test.
  • Once the student completes the test, SRI determines a Lexile measure for each student and the results are available through the Reports tab in SAM.
SRI details
Grade(s)/Subjects Assessed - 3rd through 10th grade *2nd grade in the Spring
Assessment Dates -
Winter assessment dates: January 19 - January 29
Spring assessment dates: May 2 - May 13
Proficiency Bands - Fall, Winter, Spring
District Contact: Ashlee Logan (alogan@acpsd.net)
Training Materials:

WorkKeys (Grade 11)

Beginning in spring 2015, all eleventh grade students will take ACT WorkKeys® which is a job skills assessment. Students will be administered three timed assessments taking 45 minutes each: Reading for Information (33 items), Applied Mathematics (33 items), and Locating Information (38 items)

WorkKeys details
Grades/Subjects Assessed - eleventh grade students
2016 Assessment Dates

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