April 17, 2023
Dear Parent or Guardian,
The South Carolina College and Career-Ready Assessment (SC READY) is a statewide assessment that includes tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics administered to students in grades 3-8. All students in grades 3-8 are required to participate in the SC READY, except those who qualify for the Alternate Assessment which is for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Additionally, the SC READY is a required statewide assessment program in science that is administered to students in grades 4 and 6 in elementary and middle school. The SC READY is an untimed test, administered in an online testing format, and used for state and federal accountability purposes.
Items on SC READY will include selected response, short answer, evidence-based selected response, and test-dependent analysis. Evidence-based selected response questions will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and choose the best answer from answer choices. Text-depended analysis will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and draw upon that text for their extended written responses. Items on SC READY science tests will be multiple choice. SC READY is aligned to the state standards that are taught in your child’s classroom.
Please refer to the information below regarding testing at your child’s school.
- How can I prepare for the test day?
- Students should get a full night of rest before the test day and should wake up early enough to have a healthy, well-balanced meal prior to arriving at school by 7:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at school as well but students are encouraged to arrive early enough (by 7:15 a.m.) to eat in order to report to the testing location on time. Doctor, Dentist, and other appointments should not be scheduled for the day of the test as students are not permitted to leave the testing location until all tests have been completed and turned in.
- When and where should students report on the day of the test?
- Students should report directly to their homeroom classroom on the day of the test. Students should arrive no later than 7:30 a.m.
- What should students bring on the day of the test?
- Students are only permitted to bring their school ID cards to the testing locations. Backpacks, calculators, electronic devices, purses, and other items are not permitted in the testing location. Students who bring these items will be required to store them at their own risk away from the testing location. Failure to adhere to this testing policy will result in cancellation of scores and disciplinary action.