Virtus Academy

Testing

Welcome to Virtus Academy’s testing page. Below you will find the different tests our students will take this year, parent resource links, and our testing calendar. If you have any questions about state testing, please contact Kate Lawhon at klawhon@virtusacademysc.org.

Parents, please help your child have a successful testing experience by:

  • Encouraging a good night’s sleep
  • Eating a nutritious breakfast
  • Avoid scheduling appointments on test day.
  • Remind students that no cell phones and smartwatches will be allowed in the testing center.

State & District Tests

Test NameWho and What?WhenRequired or Optional?GradesParent Resource Links

ACCESS for ELLs
Given to any student who is identified as an English Language Learner to determine English proficiency.Testing takes place in February.RequiredK-9https://ed.sc.gov/tests/assessment-information/student-and-parent-resources/

KRA
The KRA determines each child’s readiness level from an evaluation of four domains: Social Foundations, Language/Literacy, Mathematics, and Physical Well-Being. Within the first 45 days of school.RequiredKhttps://ed.sc.gov/tests/elementary/kindergarten-readiness-assessment-kra/
MAPMAP is a norm-referenced measure of student growth over time. MAP assessments, joined with other data points, provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on his or her unique learning path.  Students take Reading and Math MAP assessments.MAP takes place three times a year, Fall, Winter, and Spring.Required Required
K-8

*9th Grade Optional 

https://teach.mapnwea.org/impl/maphelp/Content/AboutMAP/ParentGuidance.htm
CogAt/ IowaAll second-grade students are identified for this program by demonstrating high-performance ability or potential in academic and/or artistic areas.Testing takes place in October. Required2ttps://ed.sc.gov/tests/elementary/gifted-and-talented-program-grade-2/
Performance Task AssessmentStudents who meet the criteria for Dimension A (aptitude) or Dimension B (achievement), but not both, must take the primary level in grades 2 and/or 3 and the intermediate level in grades 4 and/or 5.PTA will take at the end of April and the beginning of March. Required2-5

*must qualify
https://ed.sc.gov/tests/elementary/gifted-and-talented-program-grade-2/
SC READYGiven to all students in Grades 3-8. Students will take an assessment in Reading, Writing, and Math.Testing will occur in May.Required3-8https://ed.sc.gov/tests/assessment-information/student-and-parent-resources/ 
SC PASSStudents in Grades 4 & 6 will take a Science assessmentTesting will occur in May.Required
4 & 6
https://ed.sc.gov/tests/assessment-information/student-and-parent-resources/
End of Course Examination (EOC)EOC exams are for any student taking certain high school courses (English II, Algebra I, Biology, US History). The exam counts as 20% of the student’s final grade in the course.Testing will occur in December and May.Required9https://ed.sc.gov/tests/assessment-information/student-and-parent-resources/ 

Testing Dates

Click the link below to see the 22/23 Virtus Testing Calendar.

*** All dates are tentative and are subject to change.