Welcome to Assessment and Accountability
The Assessment and Accountablilty office supports and assists schools and district personnel by designing and implementing programs of research, evaluation, and accountability related to the on-going development of instructional and other student-related programs. Data and related interpretations are also provided with the intent of better informing data users about making data-driven decisions.
Information provided by this office allows decision makers to identify effective practices and programs for expansion in order to enhance student achievement.
Assessing the academic progress of students is one aspect of monitoring how well and what they are learning. Spartanburg District 7 complies with all state-required testing programs and also offers a few local option assessments.
The youngest children – those in Child Development – are given the DIAL-4 screening instrument to measure their readiness for school. Also, the state requires a readiness instrument [PALS] for all 4K students.
At the elementary school level, assessment continues in several areas. All 5K students are given the KRA (Kindergarten Readiness Assessment) as well as the Fountas and Pinnell literacy assessment. iReady testing provides a nationally norm-referenced test beginning in grade one. The state requires CogAT and Iowa testing (aptitude and ability based) for possible inclusion in gifted and talented participation. Beyond those measures, the district provides CogAT (aptitude) testing in grade two, and for selected students in third and fourth grade.
Students who are English Learners must take the WIDA ACCESS battery of tests (listening, reading, speaking, writing) each year as part of a federal requirement.
Finally, at the elementary level, state testing ends the year with the South Carolina College-and-Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-5 as well as in science (grade 4) and social studies (grade 5). The assessments measure student achievement by state academic standards.
Special alternate forms of these tests are available as well when the regular forms of the tests are not appropriate for certain students.
The middle school years continue iReady testing, ACCESS, and SC READY. In addition, students taking Algebra I take the Algebra I end of course test as part of state requirements. Selected students in grade 8 also take the PSAT for possible identification as S.C. Junior Scholars.
At the high school level, the end of course program expands to include English, Biology, and U.S. History as well as Algebra. PSAT is given to selected students, and students in grade 11 may choose to take either the ACT or the SAT. Students enrolled in their third year of high school are also required to take WIN, a career readiness assessment. Spartanburg High School also has an extensive Advanced Placement program, and all of those exams are administered in the first two weeks of May.
The District monitors all required federal and state testing to ensure participation. All the other assessments offered as a local option are monitored just as carefully – always with the best interest of students in mind.