Students will not take end of year tests
Lexington County students and their parents can breathe a little easier.
Students will not be required to take end of year standard tests.
The SC Department of Education last week requested the suspension of federal student assessments.
"The suspension of South Carolina's student assessments will allow educators to focus on meeting the needs of students and relieve undue anxiety faced by parents and students," said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.
"Our efforts must be concentrated on addressing this unprecedented public health pandemic."
For spring 2020, South Carolina will not test for:
- SC READY (English language arts and mathematics in grades 3–8)
- SCPASS (science in grades 4 and 6)
- End-of-Course Examination Program (English, Algebra, Biology, United States History and the Constitution)
The requirement that these examinations count 20% has been waived.
- Prekindergarten assessments
- Alternate Assessments
The SCDE is working closely with the vendors of college entrance, college credit, and workforce readiness assessments to explore innovative approaches, such as testing online.
To the extent possible, districts may administer these assessments to students who may need them for post-secondary or employment aspirations.
These assessments include Advanced Placement, SAT, ACT, and WIN Ready to Work. Should these assessments be able to be administered, they will continue to be paid for by the state.