New laws passed by the South Carolina General Assembly have resulted in new tests that will be administered during the spring of 2015 throughout our state. Students in Grades 3-8 will take a new, timed test this school year called ACT Aspire. In Richland Two, our students will take the paper and pencil ACT Aspire tests for writing, English, reading and mathematics. They will not take the optional ACT Aspire test for science that some districts may use. This new test will help teachers understand where their students are succeeding and where extra help or academic focus is needed. By having a better understanding of a student’s skills, abilities, and knowledge, parents and teachers can determine what students need to know to be successful in school in the future.
Students in Grades 4-8 will continue to take SCPASS for science and social studies. Schools have the option of administering SCPASS as an online test or a paper and pencil test. Third-graders will not take any state tests for science and social studies.
For more information on ACT Aspire, visit the Richland Two Assessment Web page by clicking here or the S.C. Department of Education’s ACT Web page by clicking here.
“Did you know that there are testing changes coming to South Carolina? Learn more about the new ACT tests being administered to all students in grades 3-8 and in the 11th grade this April. Learn what is being tested, find out test dates, and how you can get your children prepared by clicking on the ACT button on the homepage of the South Carolina Department of Education: http://ed.sc.gov/.”