Test Window 2020

March 9 – April 24

Recent Announcements

  • U.S. Department of Education Approves South Carolina Assessment Suspension Waiver

    State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) have received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the agency's assessment and accountability suspension waiver that was submitted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "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. I appreciate Secretary DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education recognizing this and swiftly approving our waiver request."

    On March 17, 2020, Superintendent Spearman sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary of Education, Mick Zais, indicating South Carolina’s intent to suspend federally required assessments and giving notice of submitting additional accountability measure waivers. On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released a form for states to request such waivers. The SCDE completed and submitted the waiver form on the same day, and the U.S. Department of Education reviewed and gave South Carolina approval to suspend assessments and waived certain accountability measures. 

    For spring 2020, South Carolina will not administer any of the following assessment programs:

    •             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 percent has been waived;

    •             Prekindergarten assessments; and

    •             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.

    Added March 23, 2020
  • Distance Learning

    To National Center on Education Outcomes (NCEO) is opening the conversation of what and how to provide distance learning during COVID-19 in response to districts and educators looking for solutions to continue to educate students with severe disabilities. NCEO is looking to connect educators towards this effort.

    NCEO desires to accomplish this by:
    - Sharing of resources (instructional materials, adaptations)

    - Creating resources together

    - Distributing relevant/timely information

    - Offering a space for social and emotional supports for educators

    If you are interested in participating in this collaborative work, please fill out the form. NCEO will contact you for the next steps.

    Link to form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ABsQh01bYaWe9aC0Pjammn9vMVADqdksfhgbA5JS2bg/edit

    Added March 20, 2020
  • South Carolina School Closings and State Tests Spring 2020 Administration

    Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Gov. Henry McMaster announced on March 15th that all South Carolina schools will close beginning on Monday, March 16, through the end of March.

    State Superintendent Molly Spearman has formally notified the US Department of Education of her intent to seek waivers from federally mandated testing. Superintendent Spearman’s letter can be found here.

    Please check you TIDE registered email for further communication regarding spring 2020 testing.

    We also encourage you to monitor the COVID-19 FAQ page set up by the SCDE here: https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/covid-19-coronavirus-and-south-carolina-schools/

    If you have further questions, please contact the SC-Alt Help Desk.
    Email schelpdesk@air.org or call 1-877-231-7789.

    Added March 19, 2020
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