The S.C. Department of Education received 365 nominations for English language arts and math educators to help rewrite the state’s educational standards in those subjects for the 2015-16 school year.
Nineteen educators were selected for the math team, which had its first meeting Monday. The ELA team has not been finalized but is scheduled to hold its first meeting Aug. 6.
James Solazzo, chair/associate professor of mathematics and statistics at Coastal Carolina University, is on the math team. None of the team’s members are from the Horry or Georgetown county school districts.
The State Department of Education developed a rubric to apply across the board to select the team members. Applicants were chosen based on their level of expertise and to represent the diversity found across the state and in its schools. The rubric, comments from educators on why they wanted to serve and bar charts showing the breakdown of applicants can be found on the department’s website, http://ed.sc.gov.
A draft of the new standards will be available to parents, business and community leaders, S.C. educators, discipline-based focus groups, S.C. Education Oversight Committee-led panels and others for a field review period throughout November. Public comments will be accepted through an online survey.