Office of Assessments and Accountability
The mission of the Office of Assessments and Accountability is to improve student achievement by providing expedient, reliable and disaggregated student information while continuing to cultivate a district culture of informative data analysis and data-based decision making. This is accomplished through the coordination and administration of federal, state and district mandated testing programs and the development and maintenance of data needed by district personnel and the public.
ACCESS for ELLs
Students in grades K-12 who have been identified as English-Language Learners are required to take ACCESS for ELLs® or Alternate ACCESS each spring. The assessment monitors students' progress in acquiring English language proficiency and supports schools in making decisions about students' proficiency with English in academic contexts.
Please see the F1S ACCESS Testing Schedule for specific school testing dates. As posted on the 2022-2023 Testing Calendars, the district's ACCESS testing window is January 23rd-March 10th.
Assessment documents are available for parents and/or guardians in alternate formats, such as large print, Braille, languages other than English, and oral translation. Alternate formats can be requested from the SCDE or from your child’s school. If you wish to obtain a copy of an assessment brochure or Sample Individual Student Report in an alternative format, or if you have questions regarding these resources, please complete the Student and Parent Resources Alternate Request Form. If you have any questions about alternate format requests, please contact ResourceRequests@ed.sc.gov or call (803) 734-8289.
End-of-Course Exams (EOCEP)
The End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) is a statewide high school assessment program for English 2, Algebra 1, Biology 1, and United States History. Students currently enrolled in these courses for the first semester will begin testing on December 7, 2022. Please see the High School Testing Calendar for details.
A student and parent brochure can be found here (Spanish translation). A student and parent web page is also available to assist parents who are individuals with a disability as defined by the ADA (https://ed.sc.gov/tests/assessment-information/student-and-parent-resources/).
Please note that during testing, students may not be in possession of any electronic devices that can be used for communicating, timing, creating images, or storing images, per the South Carolina Department of Education.