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EOC Adopts Recommendations to Merge Accountability Systems
On January 17, the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) adopted recommendations for a single accountability system that meet both federal and state requirements for school accountability. The recommendations were required as part of Act 200 of 2014, enacted by the SC General Assembly and follow 18 months of engagement from stakeholders representing parents, community members, business leaders, and educators.
The EOC recommended the adoption of two transformational goals for South Carolina:
By 2035, the on-time graduation rate of the state, each district, and each high school in South Carolina should be 90 percent. Children born in the current calendar year should graduate from high school in 2035.
Beginning with the graduating class of 2020, the state must increase annually by 5 percent the percentage of students who graduate ready to enter postsecondary education to pursue a degree or national industry credential without the need for remediation in mathematics or English.
Reduction in summative testing
The EOC recommended a reduction in summative (end-of-year) testing of students, advocating that students take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) Science in grades 4, 6, and 8. Social Studies would be tested in grades 5 and 7. Currently, students are tested in both Science and Social Studies in grades 4-8. The EOC further recommended that multiple-choice assessments in science and social studies be replaced in the future with performance tasks “that truly measure a student’s content understanding and ability to apply his or her learning to solve real-world problems.”
Although the EOC recommended that school districts not receive a summative rating, schools will receive a summative rating as well as a rating for each of four indicators under the proposal. The ratings for both the school summative rating as well as the component rating will use the nomenclature currently in state statute, Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and At-Risk and used since 1998. A sample of the recommended elementary school report card “landing page” can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/jsapqvc.
For the full recommendations, go to http://www.eoc.sc.gov
For more information, contact Dana Yow at 803-734-6148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.