Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring 2017 End-of-Course Examination Program

The South Carolina Board of Education states that when students complete one of the “gateway” or “benchmark” courses for high school credit they must take the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) test.

The EOCEP tests will be administered beginning May 9 in Greenville County Schools. Identified students who are enrolled in Algebra 1/Intermediate Algebra, English 1, United States History and the Constitution, and Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 will participate in testing. Each school selects specific test dates beginning on May 9, 2017. Schools will also administer a writing field tests to students enrolled in the English 1 course beginning on May 1, 2017.

Each session is completed with the online testing format unless the student has an IEP, 504, or ESOL accommodation plan specifying the paper format is needed. The EOCEP online tests consists of mostly multiple-choice items but may include some technology-enhanced and scenario based items. EOCEP tests are untimed; however, 2 hours is the estimated test administration time for most students to complete the test. Students are expected to complete the test during a single day unless the student has an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan specifying administration of a single test over multiple days.

To prepare students for online testing, a public version of the Online Tools Training (OTT) is available for students to interact with the testing software and tools before the “real” administration of the assessment. While the OTT simulates the test experience, correct answers and scores are not provided. A public version of the OTT is available at https://wbte.drcedirect.com/SC/portals/sc. (Use Google Chrome to access this site.) This public version does not include audio for oral administration or video for sign language.

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