High School Assessment Program (HSAP) l What is HSAP? The High School Assessment Program (HSAP) meets both federal and state requirements. It meets the requirement of the South Carolina Education Accountability Act (EAA) of 1998 that each public school student pass an exit examination to receive a South Carolina high school diploma. It is also used to measure students' academic achievement on high school standards in accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA). The HSAP assesses selected South Carolina academic standards in English language arts and mathematics that students have had opportunity to learn by the end of the tenth grade. The standards assessed on the HSAP are outlined in the HSAP ELA Test Blueprint and HSAP Math Test Blueprint. Who takes HSAP? Students who meet the state HSAP participation guidelines will take the HSAP, unless they meet the state qualifications for alternate assessment. For information on testing specific groups of students, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions link on this page. What does the HSAP measure? The HSAP is based on the South Carolina Curriculum Standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that teachers use in classroom instruction. The English language arts examination consists of multiple-choice and constructed-response items and an extended-response writing item. Students may use dictionaries only during the extended-response writing portion of the examination. The mathematics test consists of multiple-choice items and three constructed-response items that require students to show their work to support their answers. Students may choose to use calculators while taking any part of the mathematics examination.
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