Molly Spearman addresses end-of-the-year student assessments

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) — The state department of education released more information Monday regarding President Biden’s administration denying the state’s end-of-the-year student assessment waiver request.

The Biden administration did grant flexibility in administering assessments and waiving federal accountability requirements in light of COVID-19.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman addressed the student assessment waiver denial during a news conference Monday morning (Which can be viewed in full above).

β€œI am disappointed that despite submitting a well thought out plan which would have given actionable testing data to educators and families, the Biden administration has denied South Carolina’s testing waiver request,” said Spearman.

As a result of the denial, South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) in English language arts and mathematics (grades 3-8), South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) in science (grades 4 and 6), and End-of-Course examinations in Biology, Algebra, U.S. History and the Constitution, and English will be offered to all students. English Language Proficiency and alternate assessments will also be administered to students who meet the requisite criteria.

However, since the United Stated Department of Education approved the waiver surrounding the 95% testing requirement and other accountability measures related to end-of-the-year testing, there will be no penalty for a student, teacher, school, or district who does not complete the applicable assessments. Therefore, if a family believes it is unsafe for their child to attend school in person to take assessments, the SCDE and school districts will not require them to do so.Β 

β€œWhile we encourage all students to participate, we are relying on and empowering families to make the best decision for their child when it comes to end-of-the-year tests,” said Spearman.

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