The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) is a statewide assessment administered to South Carolina students in grades three through eight. All students in grades 3–8 must participate in PASS. Students with disabilities must participate in PASS with the appropriate accommodations if necessary, or in the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt). All PASS items are aligned with the South Carolina Academic Standards.
Students’ skills in English Language Arts (reading and research), mathematics, science, and social studies will be assessed on SCPASS next Tuesday through Friday, May 6-9. The make up tests will be administered May 12-16. The SCPASS tests are not timed, and all tests contain multiple-choice test questions with varying degrees of difficulty.
Tips for Parents
Parents can help children with test-taking preparation.
● Encourage your child to do his/her best.
● Provide a quiet place for studying at home.
● Make sure your child attends school regularly.
● Meet with teachers and ask for activities that you and your child can do at home to prepare for tests.
● Make sure your child gets adequate sleep. A tired child is less able to pay attention or handle the demands of testing.
● Give your child well-balanced meals. Rest, exercise, and eating well are important for test-taking.
● Schedule appointments during testing week.
● Place too much emphasis on your child’s test scores. Extra pressure can upset your child and influence test performance.
● Get upset because of a single test score. Test scores are not perfect measures of what your child can do.
For the fourth year in a row, Midlands area McDonald’s® restaurants are offering students (grades 1-8) a free breakfast before the first day of the SC PASS test Tuesday May 6 only (6 a.m. - 8 a.m.). Click here for the coupon.