South Carolina Department of Education Releases Results of End of Course and Career Readiness Assessments

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

The South Carolina Department of Education released statewide public school results for both Ready to Work, a new career readiness assessment, and the End of Course Examination Program, tests taken for high school core courses.

“South Carolina's economy continues to grow with more businesses and industry calling our state home every year," said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.

"The influx of new business means more jobs and career opportunities are available for our high school graduates. Our new Ready to Work career readiness assessment provides vital information to the business community on how well we are preparing students for jobs and through our new soft skills assessment, measures the skills and career characteristics in the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate that we know are crucial to successful employment. "

Ready to Work

Ready to Work is a career readiness assessment that was administered to all eleventh grade students for the first time in the spring of 2018 to determine student achievement in three key subjects: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.

R2W also includes the Essential Soft Skills assessment that provides information about a student’s skills in areas such as problem solving, goal setting, decision-making, and self-direction. These skills play a vital role in workplace success.

51,013 students took the R2W assessment statewide. R2W provides a customized credential that shows a student’s ability to perform complex tasks and their qualifications for a broad range of jobs. There are four certificate levels:  Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To earn a Bronze certificate, the student must score a minimum of 3 on all assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information). For Silver a minimum of 4 is required, for Gold a minimum of 5 is required, and for Platinum a minimum of 6 is required.

63.3% of South Carolina students earned Silver or higher indicating they have the skills necessary for 65% of profiled jobs. 6.8% of students scored Gold indicating they are equipped with the skills for 90% of jobs.  2.5% of students scored at the Platinum level indicating they are ready for virtually any job in the workforce.

End-of-Course Examination Program

The End-of-Course Examination Program provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP tests the following subject areas: Algebra 1; English 1; US History and the Constitution; and Biology 1.

The EOCEP encourages instruction in the specific academic standards for the courses, encourages student achievement, and documents the level of students’ mastery of the academic standards. Additionally, EOCEP examination scores count 20 percent in the calculation of the student’s final grade in gateway courses.