Legislation passed that updates the annual accountability system for schools and districts that includes testing and report cards.
- There will be one type of report card capturing all federal and state accountability measures.
- School and district report cards in the fall of 2017 will continue to be in the transitional format. Starting with the 2017-18 school year, report cards will include a new performance rating.
- There will be five performance-rating levels for schools and school districts: Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and At-Risk.
- Ratings will also be assigned for specific areas. This may include academic achievement, student growth or progress, English language proficiency, graduation rate, and college and career readiness.
- School and district report cards will require earlier issue dates. These dates are: by November 15 for 2016-17 and 2017-18; by October 1 for 2018-19; and by September 1 after that.
- Students in grades three through eight will continue to take standards-based assessments in English language arts and math (SC READY).
- Students in grades four, six, and eight will also take a science assessment. Meanwhile, students in grades five and seven will also take an assessment in social studies (SC PASS).
- High school end-of-course tests (EOCEP) will continue in four subjects. These subjects are English I, Algebra or Math for Technologies II, Biology I, and U.S. History and Constitution.
- High schools will offer one of three state-funded 10th grade assessments: PSAT, Pre-ACT, or Aspire. (Greenville County School students take the PSAT.)
- Students in the 11th grade will be offered the opportunity to take a state-funded college entrance assessment (ACT), and in addition, will be required to take a career-readiness assessment (ACT WorkKeys). However, students with disabilities could be exempted from this requirement.