Spring 2017 Assessments Information
Pre-K and Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
Readiness Assessments are mandated and policies are set forth by multiple South Carolina laws and provisos including First Steps to School Readiness Initiative (H.3428, R295), the Read to Succeed Act (A284), and Proviso 1A.77.
Pre-K students in Charleston County School District will be administered the myIGDIs (Individual Growth and Development Indicators) assessment.
Kindergarten students in the Charleston County School District will be administered the DRA2 (Developmental Reading Assessment).
Grades 3-8 Assessments
The SC READY are statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that will meet all of the requirements of Acts 155 and 200, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), and the Assessments Peer Review guidance. All students in grades 3-8 are required to take the SC READY, except those who qualify for the South Carolina National Center and State Collaborative (SC-NCSC).
The SCPASS are statewide assessments in science and social studies. All students in grades 4-8 are required to take the SCPASS, except those who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt).
High School Assessments
All public high school and, where necessary, career centers, are required to offer The ACT® to each student in the 11th grade (students in the 3rd year of high school after their initial enrollment in the 9th grade, based on the 9GR field in PowerSchool). The ACT cannot be selectively offered or not offered to specific students or crtain groups of students or schools. The law does not permit opt-in or opt-out forms. The tests must be provided (given or handed) to every student in the 11th grade on the test day so the student offered the test can take it. SC-NCSC may be used as the alternate to The ACT for students who are alternate-assessment eligible.
The South Carolina Code of Laws, section 59-18-325, requires that all 11th grade students take ACT WorkKeys®. With the exception of students eligible for alternate assessments, all 11th grade students (students in the 3rd year of high school after their initial enrollment in the 9th grade, based on the 9GR field in PowerSchool) must take ACT WorkKeys.
ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment. The statewide testing program includes three timed tests: Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information.
All students who are enrolled in courses in which the academic standards corresponding to the EOCEP tests are taught, regardless of course name or number, must take the appropriate tests. The examinations, which count 20% of the students' final grade in each gateway or benchmark course, currently include Algebra 1, English 1, U.S. History and the Constitution, and Biology 1. All students must pass a high school credit course in science for which there is a state end-of-course assessment during their high school career. Currently, that test is the Biology 1 EOCEP test.
Laura Donnelly, Ph.D.
District Test Coordinator