New website surveys S.C. residents on English, math academic standards

S.C. residents have the opportunity to comment on current academic content standards in English language arts and mathematics through a new website,, established by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee.

The website will be operational until Sept. 30. Survey results will be given to Gov. Nikki Haley, the General Assembly, the State Board of Education, the EOC and the public.

The S.C. General Assembly passed Act 200 of 2014, which stipulates that the EOC is to consult with the State Board of Education and conduct a cyclical review of the current standards. According to state law, the review must begin on or before Jan. 1, and the new college and career readiness state content standards must be implemented for the 2015-16 school year.

“We invite any citizen of the state to voice their opinions about the standards used in our public schools,” said Melanie Barton, executive director of the EOC. “Strong standards should provide a solid foundation for a system that is focused on college and career readiness for all young people.”