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New tests wont allow for special needs accommodations this year
Part of vetting process; scores wont count toward district accountability measures
School Board
Kershaw County School District Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter (left) makes a point during a presentation on the history and current state of standardized tests in the district as school board trustees (from left) Louis Clyburn and Mark Sury listen. Carter said accommodations for special needs students in 3rd through 8th grades will not be allowed to have some of the normal accommodations they receive for two new standardized assessments this year, the SC READY tests for English and Math. - photo by Cooper Ellis
Just like all other 3rd through 8th grade students in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD), special needs students in those grades will take two new standardized tests this year. Unlike for other standardized tests, however, special needs students -- in fact, any student with an Individual Education Program (IEP) -- will not be allowed some of the accommodations they normally have while taking them. The two tests, to be administered in April, are part of a new assessment program called SC READY and cover English and math.