Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

South Carolina College and Career READY Assessments (SC READY) – April 2016

The South Carolina College- and Career- READY Assessments (SC READY) are statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that are aligned to state standards and what is taught in your child’s classroom.  

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).

Tests may be administered via an online format (beginning April 19) and/or paper and pencil (April 26-28) format. Schools will notify parents of the type of format and the testing schedule which will be administered at your child’s school.

SC READY tests are untimed for each day of testing; however, each session must be completed during a single day unless the student has an IEP, 504 Plan, or ESOL accommodation plan specifying administration of a single test over several days. Items on SC READY will include selected response, short answer, evidence-based selected response, and text-dependent analysis. Evidence-based selected response will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and choose the best answer from answer choices. Text-dependent analysis will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and draw upon that text for their extended written responses.

Testing Tips

Students

  • Rest on the nights before these tests. 
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast on the morning of each test.
  • Be in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
  • Bring at least two #2 pencils to school.  They are required for marking test answer documents.
  • Listen attentively to the teacher’s directions so he/she will know exactly what to do.
  • Read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
  • Stay calm, if there are questions that seem difficult.
  • Mark your best answer.
  • Refrain from bringing any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.

Parents

  • Meet with your child’s teachers as often as necessary to discuss his/her progress. 
  • Check or review your child’s homework, projects, or other school work.
  • Talk with your child about school.
  • Ask teachers to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and to improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork.
  • Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.

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