Middle school students would take fewer end-of-year tests in science and social studies under recommendations made by a state education panel Tuesday.
The Education Oversight Committee (EOC) — which is responsible for setting academic standards in South Carolina — voted 8-5 to slightly reduce the number of tests students take from grades four through eight. If legislators approve, the tests would alternate between both subjects every year instead of having one for each.
EOC spokeswoman Dana Yow said the committee is trying to reduce the number of standardized tests that students take each year. “Over 18 months, the committee collected so much input from the public and various stakeholders that we really needed to be sensitive about how much testing we were doing of students,” she told South Carolina Radio Network. “That was something they heard over and over again.” [Read more…]