Posted: Monday, March 28, 2022

The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessment (SC READY) program is a statewide assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics administered to students in grades 3-8. The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) is a statewide assessment in science administered to students in grades 4 and 6 in spring 2022. All students are required to participate in SC READY and SCPASS at the applicable grades with exception of students who qualify to participate in Alternate Assessments. Additionally, this year students are required to participate in a stand-alone SC READY ELA Field Test assessment. All testing will be conducted at the schools’ physical location. Remote testing is unavailable.

The following information outlines the testing schedule based on your child’s attendance plan.

In-Person Attendance Plans

Schools will schedule students for testing within the district’s testing window, April 22-June 3, with field testing beginning as early as April 19. Your school administrator will contact you with your child(ren)’s testing schedule.

Greenville County Schools Virtual Program Testing Schedule

Additional information regarding testing will be provided by your child’s school of enrollment the week of April 4, 2022.

April 21, 2022

Grades 3-5 Online TDA Field Test

April 22, 2022

Grades 6-8 Online TDA Field Test

May 11, 2022

Grade 3 Online ELA Session 1

May 12, 2022

Grade 3 Online ELA Session 2

May 17, 2022

Grades 4-8 Online ELA Session 1

May 18, 2022

Grades 4-8 Online ELA Session 2

May 24, 2022

Grades 3-8 Online Math

May 25, 2022

Grades 4 & 6 Online Science

*Grades 3-8 will continue the in-person attendance plan (e.g., no eLearning) at school on all days that virtual students are present.

Tests will be administered via the online testing format unless the student has an IEP, 504 Accommodations Plan, or Individualized Language Acquisition Plan specifying the paper format is needed. Students will need to bring their charged district-issued device to school each day of testing. As students will test online using a device (e.g., Chromebook, computer), students are prohibited from using the testing device to create, store, or transmit by any means any documents or images related to the test. Additionally, the SCDE requires all other devices (such as cell phones or smart watches) be collected prior to the test administration as students may not possess any electronics or other devices that can be used for communication, timing, creating images, or storing images in the test setting.

Items on SC READY will include selected response, multi-select (select a number of correct answers), short answer, evidence-based selected response, and text-dependent analysis. Evidence-based selected responses will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and choose the best answer from four available answer options. 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. Students in grades 6-8 testing online will also have technology-enhanced items (e.g., drag or drop, text highlighting, graphing). SCPASS has been designed to assess higher levels of learning as well as basic skills. Items on SCPASS tests consist of multiple-choice items and technology-enhanced items (e.g., drag and drop, drop-down menu, hot spot).

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 (use Google Chrome to access this site). This public version includes audio for oral administration and video for sign language.

To learn more about the SC READY and SCPASS assessments, please visit the SC Department of Education’s website:


Testing Tips

Students and parents can work together to make sure they are well prepared by following these suggestions:  

Students should:

  • 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.

Parents should:

  • 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.

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