Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019
The South Carolina Board of Education requires participation in the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) for students enrolled in gateway courses which are awarded credit in English 1, Algebra 1/Intermediate Algebra, Biology 1, and the United States History and the Constitution. The EOCEP examination scores count 20 percent in the calculation of the student’s final grade. Additionally, students enrolled in an English 2 course will be administered a field test which consists of a writing and a reading section. Scores will not be reported for the English 2 field test.
Each school will establish and publish their testing schedule (May 8-June 5) per the state’s testing guidelines. Each test 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 consist of mostly selected-response items but may include some technology-enhanced and scenario based items. The English Writing tests include a Text-Dependent Analysis item and selected-response writing items.
The EOCEP tests are untimed; however, 2-3 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 the SC Online Assessment website (Use Google Chrome to access this site.) This public version does not include audio for oral administration or video for sign language.
Parents can be a great help to their child by following these suggestions.
- 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.
- 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 selecting an answer choice.
- Stay calm, if there are questions that seem difficult.
- Mark his/her best answer.
- Refrain from bringing any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.
- 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.
- 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.
- Talk with your child about school.
- Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.
Help us help your child perform to the best of his or her ability. For more information about testing or your child’s progress, please call your child’s school.