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Semester 1 Exam Information

1/15/2021

Welcome Vikings to the conclusion of the first semester for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please review the below information to find out more on semester 1 exams and semester 1 End-of-Course (EOC) exams.  To assist with explanation of semester 1 exams and EOCs, we have made informational videos for our families.
 

Semester 1 Exam Information Video
Semester 1 EOC Information Video


If you have any additional questions about semester 1 exams or EOCs, please contact Assistant Principal Paul Dobyns at pdobyns@richland2.org.  

Semester 1 Exam Information

All students will be required to participate in the exam schedule. Seniors may exempt exams if they have 90% or above in a class (except End of Course exams). Seniors should receive notification of exemption status by the Friday before exams.

Semester 1 exams will begin on January 13, 2021.  Semester exams occur for all classes, including semester blocks (2 period classes that meet for one semester), semester skinny’s (1 period class that meets for one semester), and year-long skinny (1 period that meets all year) classes.  Students will take exams on a predetermined exam schedule.  Please refer to the below Semester 1 Exam Schedule for exact times for each class.  

Since students are able to take exams virtually, there will be no change to our Semester 1 Exam Schedule if the school district decides to keep ALL students on eLearning after January 15, 2021.

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Semester exam format will be consistent with the methods that teachers have used for the 2020-2021 school year.  Exams will be administered so that both hybrid and eLearning students can take the assessment at the same time.  The only exception is End-of-Course (EOC) exams, which can only be administered in-person.  More details about EOC exams are provided below.  

Table 1 provides further explanation of when and how students will take their semester 1 exams.

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For additional questions about the semester 1 exam schedule, please reach out to Assistant Principal Paul Dobyns at pdobyns@richland2.org.

End-of-Course (EOC) Exams

Students currently enrolled in a EOC course (Algebra 1- semester block classes only (including Intermediate Algebra), Biology 1, English 2- semester block classes only, and U.S. History and Constitution) will participate in a state mandated EOC assessment at the conclusion of the course.  Due to the fact that the EOC is a state assessment, the EOC exam can only be administered in-person to ALL students.  During the semester 1 exam schedule, no EOC exams are scheduled to be administered on 1/13, 1/14, or 1/15/21.  If Richland Two remains on eLearning beyond January 15, 2021, adjustments to the EOC administration schedule will be sent to students and families.  

Below you will find additional administration details and important grading information.

EOC Administration Details

  • General Student Procedures:
    • All EOC exams (Algebra 1- semester block classes only (including Intermediate Algebra), Biology 1, English 2- semester block classes only, and U.S. History and Constitution) will be administered in person on designated exam days.
    • All semester 1 EOCs will be administered in a central location, social distancing and general safety precautions will be in place for all students and staff.
    • A Day, B Day, and Virtual students will take the EOC at their designated class period (example- Mr. Robertson’s 5/6 U.S. History class- all (A/B/Virtual students will report to take the exam during the 6th period exam time). 
    • Hybrid students testing on their designated in-person day (A Day students Monday/Tuesday or B Day students Wednesday/Thursday) will follow their regular schedule, reporting to the testing location at their assigned exam period.
    • All families should have received a transportation survey from Richland 2 requesting information related to bus transportation needs for EOC testing.
  • eLearning Student Procedures:
    • eLearning students wishing to come on campus to take the EOC will report at their designated exam time, the testing location will be communicated to students ahead of time.  
    • eLearning students that arrive before their exam time will be placed in study hall (in the commons) until their exam starts.
    • After the exam, eLearning students will remain in the testing location (or moved to study hall) until the end of the school day unless they are signed out by their parent/guardian.
    • eLearning students arriving early or remaining on campus are expected to participate virtually in their regularly scheduled classes, when they are not taking their EOC.
  • Hybrid Student Procedures:
    • Hybrid students coming on campus to take the EOC not on their designated day (for example, an A Day student coming on campus on Wednesday to take their 2nd period exam) will follow the eLearning student procedures, refer to the above information.

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EOC Exam Grade Details:

  • The EOC exam will count 20% of a students final grade, ONLY if it helps their grade.  Following guidelines from the SCDoE, the Richland Two School Board made the following approval for the 2020-2021 school year; EOC exams will count 20% if the grade helps to improve the students’ overall grade. If the EOC exam does not improve a student’s grade then it would not be included in the calculation of the grade (it must be recorded in PS but the teacher would manually adjust the student's average so that the score is not used in the calculation of the final grade).  This would be for all EOC exams given semester one, semester two, or during the summer of 2021.

Our teachers and students have been working extremely hard this school year to prepare for the EOC exams.  Show Us What You Know is our slogan for EOCs!  Come to SVHS and take the EOC, we know you will do well!

Any EOC exam questions can be directed to Assistant Principal Paul Dobyns at pdobyns@richland2.org.

Site Alert

As announced in December, Richland Two schools have temporarily shifted to eLearning for all students from Jan. 4–15, 2021. This means all students will participate in eLearning following their school’s current bell schedule.

The district will observe the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. In-person instruction for students who selected classroom communities or hybrid models for Phase 2 will resume on Jan. 19, 2021.