Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the South Carolina Department of Education announced that the United States Department of Education has approved its request to suspend student assessments this spring.
As part of the waiver, elementary and middle school students will not have to take the SC READY and SCPASS assessments; end-of-course examination programs in English, algebra, biology, U.S. history and the constitution will not be administered and the requirement that these examinations count 20 percent of a student’s final grade has been waived; and prekindergarten assessments and alternate assessments will not be required at this time.
“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 Molly Spearman, state superintendent of education. “Our efforts must be concentrated on addressing this unprecedented public health pandemic. I appreciate Secretary DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education recognizing this and swiftly approving our waiver request.”
While the assessments are currently suspended, the state Department of Education is working with college entrance, college credit and workforce-readiness assessment vendors to explore other approaches, such as online testing. In addition, to the extent possible, districts may administer advanced placement, SAT, ACT and WIN Ready to Work assessments.