Horry County Schools students to field test Smarter Balanced assessment

vgrooms@thesunnews.comMarch 24, 2014 

Students at 29 schools in Horry County are scheduled to take an assessment aligned with the Common Core State Standards, as a proposal moves through the state Legislature that would negate the results.

South Carolina belongs to the Smarter Balanced testing consortium, and the state’s schools are to fully implement Common Core in the fall. A proposal originally intended to repeal the standards would keep Common Core in the classroom but would remove the state from the testing group.

Four schools in the district were chosen to field test the assessment, while 25 schools volunteered to participate, said Heather Sheehan, director of the district’s assessments. The field test will be taken in addition to the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards.

“We are proceeding, moving forward with the same level of urgency and enthusiasm, assuming that the scores will count,” said Teal Britton, HCS spokeswoman.

Schools can choose one of four time periods in which to take the assessment, Sheehan said. Smarter Balanced was paid for through a federal grant.

“The Smarter Balanced assessment is just a field test,” said Dino Teppara, S.C. Department of Education spokesman. “We provided guidance to field test sites that we’d continue participating in the field test until the General Assembly acts.”

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