College-Ready Assessments (ACT® and SAT®)
Section 59-18-325 of the Education Accountability Act (EAA) specifies that districts must offer grade eleven students the opportunity to take a college entrance test froma provider secured by SCDE. The SCDE has secured both the ACT® and SAT®. These assessments are offered at no cost to the student. Students may use the results of these assessments to apply to college.
Students are not required to take either the ACT® or SAT®. Berkley County School Districts provides a Parent Form for the parent or guardian of each eleventh grade student to sign and indicate which test the student will take (ACT® or SAT®), or whether the student will not take either test. Students are encouraged to take a free practice test online to assist in making this decision.
Ready to Work (R2W) Career Readiness Assessment
Ready to Work (R2W) is a career readiness assessment that must be administered to all eleventh grade students (third year of high school) to determine student achievement in three key subjects:
- Applied Mathematics
- Reading for Information
- Locating Information
R2W also includes the Essential Soft Skills (ESS) assessment that provides information about a student's skills in the following five areas:
- Cooperation with Others
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiation
- Solving Problems and Making Decisions
- Observing Critically
- Taking Responsibility for Learning
The R2W assessments provide a customized credential that students can add to their portfolio. The credential shows the degree to which students have mastered the skills assessed and their level of accomplishment.
End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP)
The End of Course Examination Program (EOCEP) is a statewide assessment program of end of course tests for gateway courses awarded units of credit in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The EOCEP encourages instructin in the specific academic standards for the courses, encourages student achievement, and documents the level of students' mastery of the academic standards.
Additional EOCEP information and resources can be found here.
ACCESS for ELLs®
Access for ELLs® is an assessment of English language proficiency for students who are classified as English language learners (ELLs). An Alternate ACCESS assessment is administered to ELL students who meet the criteria for alternate assessment that prevents their meaningful participation in the ACCESS for ELLs® assessment.
South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt) Online
The South Carolina Alternate Assessments are for students with significant cognitive disabilites who are assessed against alternate achievement standards as they are unable to participate in the general assessment program even with accommodations.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)