It's official! We have moved to our new District website, now located at acpsd.net. Please take a moment to visit and explore our new online home for updated information on all items related to Aiken County Public Schools.
As a reminder, our individual school web pages will continue to link back to School Fusion (hosted at this site) until the start of the new school year when all school-related pages will make the transition to our new web platform.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Aiken County Public Schools, and welcome to acpsd.net!
Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD) is offering the opportunity to extend your child’s educational experience through an online Virtual Summer Enrichment Program. With extensive research pointing to the summer months as a significant time for student skill loss, our District’s Virtual Summer Program will fill the learning gap from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next.
Through the use of Compass Pathblazer, a web-based learning tool, students will have an opportunity to work on individual areas of need in reading and math as determined by the system’s screeners and diagnostics. Using adaptive screeners and diagnostics ensures the delivery of precise instruction to accelerate students to grade level and beyond.
* Who can participate? All current ACPSD Kindergarten through 5th grade students.
* Where? From any device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) with internet access.
* When? June 6 through August 5. Pathblazer will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, though an hour a day five days a week is what’s recommended. * Interested parents should register their child by May 30. Visit http://compass-pathblazers.acps.schoolfusion.us for details.
Rewards and incentives are available to students and parents who register online by May 31. Registering makes your child eligible for a weekly drawing in which four students who score an average of 70% or more on their weekly core activities will receive a $20 gift card. Parents of participating registered students will also be entered for a chance to win rewards and prizes. Students can participate without registering, but will not be eligible for rewards and incentives.
* Students will complete Compass Learning activities in Reading and Math successfully each week.
* Each student will complete core activities successfully with a score of 70% or higher. (Lessons can be repeated until a score of 70% is attained.)
* Parents will follow their child’s progress by checking the Student Portfolio (backpack) under the student Pathblazer login. The Student Portfolio gives parents and students access to assignments, learning activities, chapter tests, lesson quizzes, and objective-based tests.
Students will use their Office 365 login information to access the Compass Pathblazer program.
NOTE: The Aiken County Public School District site for the Compass Pathblazer Program is: http://www.thelearningodyssey.com. The school field will default to ‘Select or Type’ the first time you visit the Compass Learning website. You may have to click in the Odyssey field, highlight the word Odyssey and type in Aiken to replace Odyssey. Once you have logged in, your browser should store the school code.
To ensure your student’s success from the start with the Virtual Summer Enrichment Program, please visit our Parent Support Webpage at http://compass-pathblazers.acps.schoolfusion.us. This information is also available on the school district website home page under the Parent menu and “Compass Pathblazer.”
Local Support Information
For assistance in setting up your system or support with login issues, please contact our technical personnel via email at email@example.com.
Additional Compass Learning Support * Compass Learning Support Portal: http://www.compasslearning.com/support * Support Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
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4K Thurs. May 26th at 8:30
5K - Thurs., May 26th at 9:45
1st – 5th Friday May 27
- 1st – 8:50-9:30
- 2nd – 11:30-12:10
- 3rd – 9:55-10:35
- 4th - 2:05-2:45
- 5th – 1:10-1:50
7th - Wed., June 1st - 10:00
8th - Thurs., June 2nd -8:30
The South Carolina Education Accountability Act (EAA) of 1998 requires that end-of-course examinations be administered to students in gateway courses. In order to fulfill this EAA mandate, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has instituted the South Carolina End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP).
The purposes and uses of the EOCEP tests are as follows:
A. The tests promote instruction in specific academic standards for the particular courses, encourage higher levels of student achievement, and document the level of students’ mastery of the course standards.
B. The tests serve as indicators of program, school, and district effectiveness in the manner prescribed by the Education Oversight Committee in accordance with the provisions of the EAA.
C. The tests are weighted 20 percent in the determination of students’ final grades in the gateway courses.
The South Carolina end-of-course examinations are multiple-choice tests based on specific, measurable course standards that are drawn directly from the South Carolina curriculum standards for the particular subject area: algebra, biology, English language arts, U.S. history, and physical science. All students (middle school, high school, adult education, alternative school, and home school) enrolled in the following courses—or any other courses that address these particular standards—must take the corresponding EOCEP exams: Algebra 1 and Mathematics for the Technologies 2, English 1, Physical Science, Biology 1 and Applied Biology 2, and U.S. History and Constitution. The EOCEP exam is a requirement, regardless of whether the course is unit bearing.
All reading selections and test questions are carefully reviewed by content experts, language and testing experts, and the members of a South Carolina content review committee to ensure that each test question properly measures the intended standard and that test-wise students cannot find unintended clues to the correct answer. In addition, a South Carolina sensitivity review committee scrutinizes the test to ensure that each question is free from bias with respect to race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, and geographic region as well as content that would be offensive to any cultural, religious, or ethnic group. The items are then field-tested to further ensure item validity.
Care is taken in the creation of possible responses so that each question has one correct answer and three incorrect options that represent common errors in reasoning. The test questions are not meant to be tricky: rather, they are designed to distinguish between those students who understand the concept or skill being tested and can apply their understanding and those students who have an incomplete or no understanding of the concept. Students who understand the concept will likely to choose the correct option, while those with an incomplete understanding area more likely to choose a plausible option because it is based on a common misconception.
This teacher’s guide has been developed to provide educators with important information about the EOCEP and to explain how the examination can be used effectively to strengthen teaching and learning in South Carolina. The guide provides a description of the test, its role in the EOCEP, and the course standards that guided its development. In addition, the guide provides sample questions and practical suggestions about how to prepare students for the examination.
The standards for the end-of-course examinations as well as the State Board of Education regulation about the EOCEP (R 43-262.4, “End-of-Course Tests”) are accessible through the links on EOCEP Web page at this address:
Additional information on the EAA is provided on the SCDE Web site:
Are your kids preparing for South Carolina’s Palmetto Assessment of State Standards? Also known as SC PASS, these South Carolina standardized tests measure the progress of students from 3rd grade to 8th grade. South Carolina PASS test results provide actionable data that will help parents, teachers, and students improve academic performance in English language arts, math, writing, science, and social studies. SC PASS testing is also used in evaluating each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).