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STUDENT TESTING

The federal government under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to administer certain types of tests. Our state requires additional tests under laws passed by the state legislature. Our school district, Greenville County Schools, chooses to administer other assessments. Specific dates for tests may be found at Greenville County Schools.

In addition to the tests listed below, in every grade, Kindergarten through 12th, an English language proficiency assessment (ACCESS for ELLs®) is administered to English language learners in the spring. Learn more at the South Carolina Department of Education.
  • Pre-K
  • K
  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 3rd
  • 4th
  • 5th
  • 6th
  • 7th
  • 8th
  • 9th
  • 10th
  • 11th
  • 12th

Federal & state tests shown in blue.

Local tests shown in red.

Pre-K

September

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)


1st Test (September)

The state requires that a pre-K readiness assessment be administered in the first 45 days and last 45 days of a publicly-funded 4K program. Greenville County Schools has chosen to use Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS), a formative assessment individually administered by teachers to 4K students. It measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important fundamentals in literacy skills: name-writing ability, upper-case and lower-case alphabet recognition, letter sound and beginning sound production, print and word awareness, rhyme awareness, and nursery rhyme awareness. The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and offers guidance to teachers for tailoring instruction to children’s specific needs. The assessment is administered three times a year. For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Education and the PALS Resource Center.

January

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)


2nd Test (January)
May

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)


3rd Test  (May)

Federal & state tests shown in blue.

Local tests shown in red.

Kindergarten

August

FastBridge

 

1st Test (August – September)

FastBridge is used throughout the district as a universal screening and progress monitoring tool in reading for all students in kindergarten and 1st grade. FastBridge measures alphabetic principle (naming letters and producing letter sounds when presented with a page of letters), phonemic awareness (student provides the sounds they hear in various words provided), phonics (decodable, consonant-vowel-consonant, made-up words), sight words, and concepts of print. Read more about FastBridge.

August

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment


(August – October)

A statewide assessment initiated in the fall of 2017, the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is administered during the first part of the school year to all students enrolled in publicly funded kindergartens. The KRA measures a child’s school readiness across four domains: Social Foundations, Language/Literacy, Mathematics, and Physical Well-Being. It provides a snapshot of students’ abilities at the beginning of the school year. For more information, visit the South Carolina Department of Education.

September

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment

 

1st Test (September – December)

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System identifies the instructional and independent reading levels of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The assessment is administered one-on-one twice a year and provides information regarding students’ reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Find out more about the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient.

December

FastBridge

 

2nd Test (December – January)
April

FastBridge

 

3rd Test (April – May)
April

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


2nd Test (April – May)

Federal & state tests shown in blue.

Local tests shown in red.

1st Grade

August

FastBridge

 

1st Test (August – September)

FastBridge is used throughout the district as a universal screening and progress monitoring tool in reading for all students in kindergarten and 1st grade. FastBridge measures alphabetic principle (naming letters and producing letter sounds when presented with a page of letters), phonemic awareness (student provides the sounds they hear in various words provided), phonics (decodable, consonant-vowel-consonant, made-up words), sight words, and concepts of print. In first grade and above, it also involves students reading aloud a portion of three different first-grade-level passages for one minute per passage while the administrator notes errors and number of words read correct. Above first grade the assessment is administered to students who are reading significantly below grade level to help identify deficits. Read more about FastBridge.

November

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


1st Test (November – December)

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System identifies the instructional and independent reading levels of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The assessment is administered one-on-one twice a year and provides information regarding students’ reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Find out more about the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient.

December

FastBridge

 

2nd Test (December – January)
April

FastBridge

 

3rd Test (April – May)
April

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


2nd Test (April – May)

Federal & state tests shown in blue.

Local tests shown in red.

2nd Grade

October

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)


(October)

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Teachers use CogAT scores to help students learn more effectively and to help identify academically gifted students. CogAT is one of three statewide grade 2 assessments used to evaluate each student for the purpose of placement into a district gifted and talented program. Students must meet the criteria on two of the three assessments to qualify for the program. Read more at the South Carolina Department of Education

October

Iowa Assessment


(October)

The Iowa Assessments are nationally standardized tests which measure students’ performance in reading and mathematics. They are the second set of student assessments for determining placement in the district’s gifted and talented program. Read more at the South Carolina Department of Education

November

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


1st Test (November – December)

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System identifies the instructional and independent reading levels of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The assessment is administered one-on-one twice a year and provides information regarding students’ reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Find out more about the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient.

December

MAP Growth


(December)

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer adaptive assessment selected by the school district for use in elementary and middle schools. As students progress through the test, it adjusts automatically to the performance level of each student: correct answers trigger a more challenging item to be presented next; if a student misses a question, the follow-up item is easier. MAP is unlimited in terms of how far up or down it adapts to determine an individual student’s level. This ability helps teachers pinpoint each student’s learning level on core concepts and provides the information they need to differentiate instruction to the precise level of each student including those most at risk. MAP covers mathematics, reading, and language usage. Read more about Measures of Academic Progress.

February

SC Performance Task Assessments*

*Identified students only.

(February – March)

The South Carolina Performance Task Assessments are administered to students in 2nd through 5th grade who have met the gifted and talented program criteria in one, but not both, of the CogAT and the Iowa Assessments given in the second grade. This set of tests contains verbal and nonverbal components and assesses a student’s degree of interest in, and commitment to, academic and/or intellectual pursuits. It also assesses intellectual characteristics such as curiosity/inquiry, reflection, persistence/tenacity in the face of challenge and creative productive thinking. Read more at the South Carolina Department of Education.

March

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


(March – April)

MasteryConnect/TE21 is an online resource that helps Greenville County Schools (GCS) teachers identify and track student mastery of South Carolina College and Career Readiness (SCCCR) Standards to inform teaching practice. The MasteryConnect platform allows teachers to develop, administer, and score assessments easily. From this platform, schools administer TE21 benchmark assessments. The first are given at the end of second grade. In grades three through eight, TE21 assessments are given two to three times a year on subjects for which students will be administered a SC READY or SC PASS test. It is also administered multiple times in high school for students in Algebra 1 and English 1 courses, which have a state, end-of-course exam (EOCEP). Learn more at Greenville County Schools.

April

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


2nd Test (April – May)

Federal & state tests shown in blue.

Local tests shown in red.

3rd Grade

October

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


1st Set of Tests (October – November)

MasteryConnect/TE21 is an online resource that helps Greenville County Schools (GCS) teachers identify and track student mastery of South Carolina College and Career Readiness (SCCCR) Standards to inform teaching practice. The MasteryConnect platform allows teachers to develop, administer, and score assessments easily. From this platform, schools administer TE21 benchmark assessments. The first are given at the end of second grade. In grades three through eight, TE21 assessments are given two to three times a year on subjects for which students will be administered a SC READY or SC PASS test. It is also administered multiple times in high school for students in Algebra 1 and English 1 courses, which have a state, end-of-course exam (EOCEP). Learn more at Greenville County Schools.

November

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


1st Test (November – December)

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System identifies the instructional and independent reading levels of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The assessment is administered one-on-one twice a year and provides information regarding students’ reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Find out more about the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient.

December

MAP Growth*

*Identified students only.

(December)

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer adaptive assessment selected by the school district for use in elementary and middle schools. As students progress through the test, it adjusts automatically to the performance level of each student: correct answers trigger a more challenging item to be presented next; if a student misses a question, the follow-up item is easier. MAP is unlimited in terms of how far up or down it adapts to determine an individual student’s level. This ability helps teachers pinpoint each student’s learning level on core concepts and provides the information they need to differentiate instruction to the precise level of each student including those most at risk. MAP covers mathematics, reading, and language usage. Read more about Measures of Academic Progress.

January

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


2nd Set of Tests (January)
February

SC Performance Task Assessments*

*Identified students only.

(February – March)

The South Carolina Performance Task Assessments are administered to students in 2nd through 5th grade who have met the gifted and talented program criteria in one, but not both, of the CogAT and the Iowa Assessments given in the second grade. This set of tests contains verbal and nonverbal components and assesses a student’s degree of interest in, and commitment to, academic and/or intellectual pursuits. It also assesses intellectual characteristics such as curiosity/inquiry, reflection, persistence/tenacity in the face of challenge and creative productive thinking. Read more at the South Carolina Department of Education.

March

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


3rd Set of Tests (March – April)
April

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


2nd Test (April – May)
May

MAP Growth*

*Identified students only.

2nd Test (May)
May

SC READY – ELA & Math

 

(May – June)

The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) are statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3 through 8 that meet state and federal requirements. SC READY Assessment items measure student performance on the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards. All students in these grades are required to take the SC READY except those students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt). Find out more information about SC READY.

Federal & state tests shown in blue.

Local tests shown in red.

4th Grade

October

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


1st Set of Tests (October – November)

MasteryConnect/TE21 is an online resource that helps Greenville County Schools (GCS) teachers identify and track student mastery of South Carolina College and Career Readiness (SCCCR) Standards to inform teaching practice. The MasteryConnect platform allows teachers to develop, administer, and score assessments easily. From this platform, schools administer TE21 benchmark assessments. The first are given at the end of second grade. In grades three through eight, TE21 assessments are given two to three times a year on subjects for which students will be administered a SC READY or SC PASS test. It is also administered multiple times in high school for students in Algebra 1 and English 1 courses, which have a state, end-of-course exam (EOCEP). Learn more at Greenville County Schools.

November

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


1st Test (November – December)

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System identifies the instructional and independent reading levels of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The assessment is administered one-on-one twice a year and provides information regarding students’ reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Find out more about the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient.

December

MAP Growth*

*Identified students only.

(December)

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer adaptive assessment selected by the school district for use in elementary and middle schools. As students progress through the test, it adjusts automatically to the performance level of each student: correct answers trigger a more challenging item to be presented next; if a student misses a question, the follow-up item is easier. MAP is unlimited in terms of how far up or down it adapts to determine an individual student’s level. This ability helps teachers pinpoint each student’s learning level on core concepts and provides the information they need to differentiate instruction to the precise level of each student including those most at risk. MAP covers mathematics, reading, and language usage. Read more about Measures of Academic Progress.

January

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


2nd Set of Tests (January)
January

NAEP*

*Identified schools only.

(January – March)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a federally-required assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing. The main NAEP assessments are administered to a sample of students in each state in grades four, eight and twelve. The grades four and eight math and reading assessments are administered every two years at schools selected to be representative of schools statewide. Scores are only reported at the national and state level (and for a few large school districts outside of South Carolina). Results are not reported for individual students or schools. NAEP results provide the only true state-to-state comparison of student achievement. Learn more at the South Carolina Department of Education.

February

SC Performance Task Assessments*

*Identified students only.

(February – March)

The South Carolina Performance Task Assessments are administered to students in 2nd through 5th grade who have met the gifted and talented program criteria in one, but not both, of the CogAT and the Iowa Assessments given in the second grade. This set of tests contains verbal and nonverbal components and assesses a student’s degree of interest in, and commitment to, academic and/or intellectual pursuits. It also assesses intellectual characteristics such as curiosity/inquiry, reflection, persistence/tenacity in the face of challenge and creative productive thinking. Read more at the South Carolina Department of Education.

March

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


3rd Set of Tests (March – April)
April

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


2nd Test (April – May)
May

SC READY – ELA & Math

 

(May – June)

The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) are statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3 through 8 that meet state and federal requirements. SC READY Assessment items measure student performance on the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards. All students in these grades are required to take the SC READY except those students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt). Find out more information about SC READY.

May

SCPASS – Science

(May – June)

The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) for science is a statewide assessment administered to students in grades four and six. It measures student performance on the South Carolina Academic Standards for this subject. (Standards outline what schools are expected to teach and what students are expected to learn.) All students in these grade levels are required to take the SCPASS except those who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt). Find out more information about SCPASS.

Federal & state tests shown in blue.

Local tests shown in red.

5th Grade

October

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


1st Set of Tests (October – November)

MasteryConnect/TE21 is an online resource that helps Greenville County Schools (GCS) teachers identify and track student mastery of South Carolina College and Career Readiness (SCCCR) Standards to inform teaching practice. The MasteryConnect platform allows teachers to develop, administer, and score assessments easily. From this platform, schools administer TE21 benchmark assessments. The first are given at the end of second grade. In grades three through eight, TE21 assessments are given two to three times a year on subjects for which students will be administered a SC READY or SC PASS test. It is also administered multiple times in high school for students in Algebra 1 and English 1 courses, which have a state, end-of-course exam (EOCEP). Learn more at Greenville County Schools.

November

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


1st Test (November – December)

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System identifies the instructional and independent reading levels of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The assessment is administered one-on-one twice a year and provides information regarding students’ reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Find out more about the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient.

December

MAP Growth


(December)

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer adaptive assessment selected by the school district for use in elementary and middle schools. As students progress through the test, it adjusts automatically to the performance level of each student: correct answers trigger a more challenging item to be presented next; if a student misses a question, the follow-up item is easier. MAP is unlimited in terms of how far up or down it adapts to determine an individual student’s level. This ability helps teachers pinpoint each student’s learning level on core concepts and provides the information they need to differentiate instruction to the precise level of each student including those most at risk. MAP covers mathematics, reading, and language usage. Read more about Measures of Academic Progress.

January

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


2nd Set of Tests (January)
February

SC Performance Task Assessments*

*Identified students only.

(February – March)

The South Carolina Performance Task Assessments are administered to students in 2nd through 5th grade who have met the gifted and talented program criteria in one, but not both, of the CogAT and the Iowa Assessments given in the second grade. This set of tests contains verbal and nonverbal components and assesses a student’s degree of interest in, and commitment to, academic and/or intellectual pursuits. It also assesses intellectual characteristics such as curiosity/inquiry, reflection, persistence/tenacity in the face of challenge and creative productive thinking. Read more at the South Carolina Department of Education.

March

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


3rd Set of Tests (March – April)
April

Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment


2nd Test (April – May)
May

SC READY – ELA & Math

 

(May – June)

The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) are statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3 through 8 that meet state and federal requirements. SC READY Assessment items measure student performance on the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards. All students in these grades are required to take the SC READY except those students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt). Find out more information about SC READY.

Federal & state tests shown in blue.

Local tests shown in red.

6th Grade

October

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


1st Set of Tests (October – November)

MasteryConnect/TE21 is an online resource that helps Greenville County Schools (GCS) teachers identify and track student mastery of South Carolina College and Career Readiness (SCCCR) Standards to inform teaching practice. The MasteryConnect platform allows teachers to develop, administer, and score assessments easily. From this platform, schools administer TE21 benchmark assessments. The first are given at the end of second grade. In grades three through eight, TE21 assessments are given two to three times a year on subjects for which students will be administered a SC READY or SC PASS test. It is also administered multiple times in high school for students in Algebra 1 and English 1 courses, which have a state, end-of-course exam (EOCEP). Learn more at Greenville County Schools.

December

MAP Growth*

*Identified students only.

(December)

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) is a computer adaptive assessment selected by the school district for use in elementary and middle schools. As students progress through the test, it adjusts automatically to the performance level of each student: correct answers trigger a more challenging item to be presented next; if a student misses a question, the follow-up item is easier. MAP is unlimited in terms of how far up or down it adapts to determine an individual student’s level. This ability helps teachers pinpoint each student’s learning level on core concepts and provides the information they need to differentiate instruction to the precise level of each student including those most at risk. MAP covers mathematics, reading, and language usage. Read more about Measures of Academic Progress.

January

Semester Exams

 

1st Semester (January)
January

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


2nd Set of Tests (January)
March

MasteryConnect/TE21 Assessments


3rd Set of Tests (March – April)
May

SC READY – ELA & Math

 

(May – June)

The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) are statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3 through 8 that meet state and federal requirements. SC READY Assessment items measure student performance on the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards. All students in these grades are required to take the SC READY except those students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt). Find out more information about SC READY.

May

SCPASS – Science

(May – June)

The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) for science is a statewide assessment administered to students in grades four and six. It measures student performance on the South Carolina Academic Standards for this subject. (Standards outline what schools are expected to teach and what students are expected to learn.) All students in these grade levels are required to take the SCPASS except those who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt). Find out more information about SCPASS.

May

Semester Exams

 

2nd Semester (May – June)