About Us - Office of Program Evaluation

The South Carolina Arts Assessment Program (SCAAP) is operated by the Office of Program Evaluation (OPE) at the University of South Carolina(USC). OPE is an independent unit within the College of Education at USC. OPE offers a wide range of education-related evaluation, assessment, and research services to public and private agencies, including educational institutions, government agencies, museums and other organizations. OPE faculty and staff work with teams of research assistants and affiliated University faculty to plan, develop, and carry out program evaluation, assessment, and research projects.

With funding from the South Carolina Department of Education and support of the arts education community, the OPE has developed the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program (SCAAP). Trained research staff in the OPE provide guidance on item writing and assessment design. Content area experts are utilized to develop items and ensure alignment to standards. Administration through online systems are arranged in collaboration with the University Technology Services department at USC.