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Employee Spotlight
Employee Spotlight
Congratulations to Ms. Tara Grover, our Spotlight Teacher of the Month!
February 21, 2017
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Senior Diary
BHP Senior Diary: February
Rozarry Davis shares his story.
February 14, 2017
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Your Penny At Work
Your Penny At Work
See how your penny sales tax has helped us complete projects at our schools.
February 09, 2017
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Gwen Schortgen Star Support Staff
Congratulations to Ms. Gwen Schortgen!
Congratulations to Gwen Schortgen, our Star Support Staff Member for the month of January!
February 02, 2017
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17-18 Calendar
The 2017-2018 School Calendar is Here!
The first day will be Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
February 02, 2017
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One District, One Book Collage
One District, One Book!
Anderson School District Two begins our One District, One Book program!
January 31, 2017
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Anderson 2 & 3 Instructional Fair
BHP hosted this year's Anderson Districts 2 & 3 Instructional Fair.
January 20, 2017
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Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees signs SCSBA Ethical Principals
January 19, 2017
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4K/5K Kindergarten Registration
Registration for the 2017-2018 school year opens Feb. 1st!
January 12, 2017
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Superintendent’s Message

To Test or Not to Test

The new Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) maintains the requirement that states test students annually in reading/language arts and math in grades 3-8 and once in grades 10-12, and in science once in each of the following grade spans: 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12. That is a total of 17 tests required by our federal government. This does not include a required college assessment (ACT) and a required career assessment (WorkKeys) given to all 11th graders. Currently, the state of South Carolina requires End of Course (EOC) assessments for Algebra I, English I, Biology and US History. In addition, South Carolina currently assesses all 4th-8th graders in both Science and Social Studies. Through new legislation, all summative assessments must be given during the window of the last twenty days of school. Based on the above information, a fourth grade student would be assessed with four different tests (Science, Social Studies, Math, ELA)  during that time period and an eighth grade student could potentially be assessed with six different tests  (Science, Social Studies, Math, ELA, EOC English I, EOC Algebra I). Each test may average between two to four hours of instructional time. Furthermore, much time is also spent in testing prep to ensure students can recall most of the comprehensive instruction received throughout the school year as well as other coursework such as keyboarding to assist students in providing the responses timely and correctly.

What purpose do these assessments provide? Some may help determine placement for a student or interventions to close an achievement gap. Most will provide some type of school and district evaluation based on total student achievement and student growth.  Assessments also identify gaps in the many subgroups categorized i.e. economic status, ethnicity, and special education.  Does the individual student reap any benefits? Obviously, a certain score on the ACT or WorkKeys could provide additional scholarship funding to Higher Education or certificate status for the work force.  But if your 5th grade child scored at the 90% level on a math assessment, what does that really mean? Does that mean that they were able to recall 90% of the instruction throughout the school year? Does that mean they just know how to take tests well? Or, does it mean they simply knew the material with or without the instruction?  What if your 7th grader scored at the 50% mark? Does that mean they did not grasp the instruction? Could that be an indication that their teacher was absent much of the school year? Or, is it possible your student was simply tired of taking tests?

As we enter the 2nd semester of the school year and these summative assessments are looming around the corner, we need to all be aware that testing does provide the teacher, student and the parent critical information about the instruction the student received for the past year. Yet, on the other hand, we should also realize that one test, given over a two hour time frame, should not be the only indicator on whether or not that student has experienced growth and has been successful at a certain level and a certain subject. Testing is not going away but we can reinforce the point that many factors make up the success of student’s schooling experience. Maybe we can reduce the number of tests and the emphasis on testing to a smaller degree in the future!

 


 

Mission & Vision

Our Anderson School District Two mission, in partnership with the total community, is to develop the potential that exists in every student to meet the needs of a changing world.

The Vision of Anderson School District Two:

Respecting the Past. . .
Embracing the Future. . .
Opening the World. . .




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