Lexington Elementary School
International Baccalaureate World School
James H. Hamby, Principal
Alicia Prezzy, Assistant Principal Michele Zee, Assistant Princial
Lynn Dempsey, IB Coordinator
April 8, 2019
This letter includes information about an assessment for students in grades 3 through 8 called SC READY and an assessment for students in grades 4 through 8 called SCPASS.
The South Carolina Department of Education requires that students in grades 3 through 8 take assessments called the South Carolina College- and Career-READY Assessments (SC READY). SC READY assesses English language arts, including reading and writing, and mathematics.
For students in grade 3, they will take the SC READY tests on paper. For grades 4 – 8, tests will be administered online.
The ELA test is administered in two days. Session 1 includes a variety of question types, plus a Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA) question. The TDA question consists of a passage with a writing task related to the passage. During the writing test, students read a passage and provide an extended response and cite evidence from the passage to support their response. Session 2 includes reading passages and accompanying questions. The reading assessment includes selected response and evidence-based selected response items. Evidence-based selected-response items ask students to support the response they choose with evidence from the text. For instance, students may be asked to select multiple evidence statements or place steps in the correct sequence.
The mathematics test includes selected-response, multi-select and technology-enhanced items such as drag and drop and constructed response (type in a number).
Four performance levels were established to reflect the continuum of knowledge and skills exhibited by students on SC READY ELA and mathematics tests: Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, and Does Not Meet Expectations.
Exceeds Expectations – The student exceeds expectations as defined by the grade-level content standards.
Meets Expectations – The student meets expectations as defined by the grade-level content standards.
Approaches Expectations – The student approaches expectations as defined by the grade-level content standards.
Does Not Meet Expectations – The student does not meet expectations as defined by the grade-level content standards.
Students in grades 4,6 and 8 will also take the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) in science. SCPASS science contains multiple-choice items only and measures the progress of students toward the state’s academic standards in science. Each student can receive a score of Exceeds, Meets, Approaches, and Does Not Meet Expectations. A description of each performance level is in the preceding paragraph.
Students in grades 5 and 7 will take the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) in social studies. SCPASS social studies items are aligned with the South Carolina Studies Academic Standards. Social Studies performance levels are Exemplary, Met and Not Met.
Exemplary — If a student scores “Exemplary,” the student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade level standard.
Met — If a student scores “Met,” the student met the grade level standard.
Not Met — If a student scores “Not Met,” the student did not meet the grade level standard.
These assessments will provide important information about how students are progressing at their current grade level and how they are progressing toward future college- and career-readiness. These scores will help your student’s teacher understand where your student is succeeding and where your student needs to improve. The S.C. Department of Education will also use SC READY and SCPASS test results for school, school district, state and federal accountability purposes.
For your convenience, the test dates appear below. Please put these dates on your family’s calendar. It is very important for your students to be at school and on time because all test sessions are mandatory. Students who are absent or tardy on test days will have to make up the tests at a later date.
|Grade||ELA Day 1||ELA Day 2||Math||Science||Social Studies|
|3||May 8||May 9||May 10||N/A||N/A|
|4||May 8||May 9||May 10||May 13||N/A|
|5||May 14||May 15||May 16||N/A||May 17|
As your child prepares to take SC READY and SCPASS tests, help us make your child feels confident and comfortable by making sure your child goes to bed early, gets a good night’s sleep, eats a good breakfast, and arrives at school on time. Please note that students are not allowed to have cell phones, tablets or any other electronic communication devices with them during testing, including apple watches and safety watches. In fact, we prefer that students not bring any electronic device into the testing room. However, if a student brings a device, it must be turned off and stored in a special designated location in the classroom.
Michele H. Zee
Resources for additional information provided by the South Carolina Department of Education
More information about SC READY – https://ed.sc.gov/tests/middle/south-carolina-college-and-career-ready-assessments-sc-ready/
More information about SCPASS – https://ed.sc.gov/tests/middle/scpass/