• TESTING

    Assessments are used for many purposes and are considered an integral part of teaching and learning. When results are used as intended, they provide information about whether teachers are teaching what they think they are teaching, whether students are learning what they should be learning, the pace at which learning is occurring, and specific areas of challenge or exceptionality for students. Additionally, assessments inform grading and placement decisions, and often inform educators about deficiencies in the curriculum.

    A variety of assessments (tests) are used to formatively and summatively assess student progress in Berkeley County School District, many of which are state-mandated. The Office of Testing and Accountaiblity coordinates the logistics, training and communication of centralized formative and summative assessments with the following goals in mind:

    • To provide accurate and timely information regarding testing purposes, procedures, and results;
    • To manage and ensure legal compliance in federal, state and district testing initiatives;
    • To provide guidance on the appropriate use of assessment results for accountability and school improvement;
    • To support the progression of learning;
    • To provide data for decision-making; and
    • To develop, monitor and evaluate the district’s Pre-K through Grade 12 assessment strategy.

BCSD 2020-2021 Testing Calendar

Assessment Test Dates Students Tested
KRA September 8 - November 10 Kindergarten
DIBELS September 8 - September 21 K-1st
Reading Inventory/FRA September 8 - September 21 1st (optional); 2nd-10th
Math Inventory September 8 - September 21 K-10th
PALS September 8 - November 10 4K
CogAT/IA October 12 - November 13 2nd
PSAT 14-Oct See Guidance Counselor
Ready to Work (WIN) October 19 - November 13 4th yr HS (12th grade)
PreACT October 21 - November 4 10th
James B. Edwards Civics Last 2 weeks of each quarter 9th-12th (enrolled in U.S. Government)
OLSAT November 2-24 3rd-10th
DIBELS November 30 - December 18 K-1st
Reading Inventory/FRA November 30 - December 18 K-1st (optional); 2nd-10th
Math Inventory November 30 - December 18 K-10th
EOCEP January 4 - January 28 English 1* & 2; Biology 1; Algebra 1 and US History
CogAT/IA Make-Up January 18 - January 26 2nd
ACCESS for ELLs January 25 - March 19 ESOL
Alternate ACCESS for ELLs January 25 - March 19 ESOL
PALS February 1 - February 26 4K
Performance Task Assessments February 22 - March 12 2nd-5th (for GT placement in grades 3-6)
Reading Inventory/FRA February 22 - March 18 K-1st (optional); 2nd-10th
Math Inventory February 22 - March 18 K-10th
ACT Feburary 23 3rd YR HS (student choice)
SC Alternate Assessment March 8 - May 14 3rd - 12th (meet participation guidelines)
ESTR Scales March 8 - May 14 3rd - 12th (meet participation guidelines)
SAT 24-Mar 3rd YR HS (student choice)
AAPPL April 12 - April 23 12th - SC Seal of Biliteracy
PALS April 15 - June 7 4K
DIBELS April 26 - May 28 K-1st
SAT See School's Website 4th YR HS (make-up from spring)
Reading Inventory/FRA May 10 - June 11 K-1st (optional); 2nd-10th
Math Inventory May 10 - June 11 K-10th
EOCEP May 24 - June 17 English 1* & 2; Biology 1; Algebra 1 and US History
SC READY / SCPASS May 24 - June 4 Grades 3-8: ELA & Math; Grades 4 & 6: Science (make-ups through June 17)
Advanced Placement (AP) Check AP Exam Schedule Students enrolled in an AP course