May 4, 2014
UNION COUNTY — The Union County School District is urging the parents of students in grades 3-8 to make sure their children are prepared to take the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards exam next week.
In a press release announcing the exam, Coordinator of Instruction Tabitha Talley stated that all students in grades 3-8 will take the SCPASS exam beginning Tuesday, May 6. The students will be tested in the subjects of English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. All students in grades 4 and 7 will take both the Science and Social Studies tests. Students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 8 will take either the Science or Social Studies tests.
SCPASS is designed to assess student weaknesses and strengths as well as to see how many South Carolina students are meeting state standards. The results of the exam will be used for federal accountability standards set in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The SCPASS testing schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, May 6 — ELA
Wednesday, May 7 — Mathematics
Thursday, May 8 — Science test for grades 4 and 7
Science or Social Studies test for grades 3, 5, 6 and 8
Friday, May 9 — Social Studies test for grades 4 and 7. Make-up tests in all subjects for grades 3, 5, 6, and 8 may be administered on this date.
Make-up Testing — May 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16
In preparation for SCPASS testing, the district is asking parents/guardians to help prepare their children in the following ways:
• Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest.
• Encourage your child each day to eat a healthy breakfast.
• Make sure your child is present every day of testing. (Doctor’s appointments and other out-of-school functions should not be scheduled during testing hours.)
• Have your child arrive at school on time. (Classes cannot be disturbed after testing begins.)
• Send #2 pencils to school with your child on testing dates.
• Advise your child to read directions carefully and entirely before answering questions.
• Please remind your child to leave all electronic devices that can be used for communicating, timing or imaging at home (ie. cell phones, PDAs, stop watches, etc.).
• Encourage your child to do his/her very best.
Thank you, parents and guardians, for the important role that you play in preparing your child for the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards Tests.
If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s principal.