Assessment

Grading Scale

 

Four-Year-Old Kindergarten, Five-Year-Old Kindergarten, and Grade One

The progress of students in reading/language arts, mathematics, and integrated studies
 (science, social studies, health, research and technology), work and behavior habits
 will be based on the SDPC/South Carolina Academic Standards.

Physical education, art, and music will be evaluated based on participation using the grading scale for each grade level as follows:

Kindergarten Marking Code

• M - Mastered
• S - Satisfactory
• N - Needs Time, Help, Practice

Grades One and Two Grading Scale

• E - Above Grade-Level Expectations
• S - Meets Grade-Level Expectations
• N - Difficulty Meeting Grade-Level Expectations
• U - Below Grade-Level Expectations

Grades Two through Five

The state-defined numerical grading scale (below) will be used on the report card.

A 100-93 Excellent
B 92-85 Above Average
C 84-77 Average
D 76-70 Below Average
F 69 & Below Failing
I* Incomplete

• Physical education, art, and music will be evaluated based on participation using
E (Excellent), S (Satisfactory), N (Needs Improvement), or U (Unsatisfactory).

• A general conduct grade will be given, using only S (Satisfactory), N (Needs Improvement),
or U (Unsatisfactory).

MAP - Measures of Academic Progress

The School District of Pickens County is using 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. 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 between 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 and 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.

Testing for Identification of Gifted and Talented Students

An aptitude and an achievement test are given to second graders in the fall of the school year. Students must score 93rd percentile or higher on the aptitude test and 94th percentile or higher on the achievement test in either reading or mathematics in order to be identified as gifted.

English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) is the annual assessment administered to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind, NCLB, to determine if English Speakers of Other Languages, ESOL, have shown annual progress in English acquisition and have met the proficiency standard as outlined by NCLB. All Limited English Proficiency, LEP, students are required to participate in this assessment. ELDA has separate components which measure the student's reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities in English. Before ESOL services can be terminated at the students' home school, the student must test proficient two consecutive years on the ELDA assessment, as well as the state testing administered for the appropriate age group.

The South Carolina Department of Education is developing a new statewide assessment program for students in grades three through eight to replace PASS.