The South Carolina Arts Assessment Program (SCAAP) was established in the year 2000. The program is the product of a collaborative effort among the South Carolina State Department of Education (SCDE), the University of South Carolina (USC), and South Carolina arts educators. The purpose of SCAAP is to develop and provide technically sound arts assessments aligned to the South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. By using SCAAP assessments, arts educators and school district personnel can measure and evaluate their students' arts achievement. SCAAP assessments are based on state-wide academic standards, and this assessment measures the consistency of instructional objectives for arts classrooms throughout the state. SCAAP also serves as a model for other states interested in measuring student achievement in the arts and improving arts education. Both assessments are administered during the spring semester. School-level results are reported to music and visual arts teachers ,principals, and the grant administrator at the end of the spring semester (multiple-choice results only). In the fall semester, the same stakeholder received a full report card that contains performance task results. All SCAAP assessments include a web-based multiple-choice section and a performance tasks section. Of the six existing SCAAP assessments, five include two performance tasks and one assessment includes three performance tasks.
In this section, students take a 45-item multiple-choice assessment online. There are two parallel test forms, and students are randomly assigned by the system to take ONE of the two forms.
The two forms are constructed to be parallel in terms of the test specifications and statistical properties (e.g. item difficulty level and academic standards covered). The parallel test forms are used to ensure test security and to increase the reliability of the assessment. The items that comprise the test forms are revised as needed based on items statistics to ensure item quality and validity.
The multiple-choice section of the SCAAP visual arts assessment is entirely web-based and must be completed on a computer with internet access and headphones. The multiple-choice section is administered to groups of students and may be administered to as many students at one time as the computer lab can accommodate. Completion of the multiple-choice test should take approximately one hour.
The music performance tasks are presented aurally using a prompt CD. The performance tasks are administered individually to students and should take approximately 10 minutes per student to administer both tasks.
The visual arts performance tasks are administered to groups of students and should take approximately 30 minutes-per-task to complete.