Aiken or North Augusta (depending on availability)
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Students who are enrolled in a public school, including a virtual school, are required to attend state testing. Per the South Carolina Department of Education, all students in tested grade levels are required to participate in testing and there is not a parent opt-out choice. In addition, state testing cannot be administered virtually and must be completed in-person. This is true for students attending the virtual program in local school districts and students attending full-time virtual schools, like SCCA. As a public school, SCCA is held accountable by the state to test all of our students. If we do not meet this state requirement, our school will be negatively impacted. To ensure our compliance and future as a school, students must participate in state testing. Therefore, if a student cannot attend a required state test (KRA, CogAT, READY/PASS, EOC, ACCESS for ELLs, SC-Alt, or WorkKeys), unless medically excused per the state's guidelines, they will receive an unexcused absence for each day of missed testing. In addition, the student will be at risk of being withdrawn from SCCA during the school year and/or ineligible to return the following year. When enrolling at SCCA, you were notified of, and agreed to, the state testing requirement in the following places:
Parent/Legal Guardian (Caretaker) Acknowledgement (PLCA). The PLCA states:
I understand that, except for approved part-time programs, I am registering my student(s) in a full-time public program that has a defined school calendar, required assessments, and other requirements.
I consent to my student(s) attending all mandatory meetings and standardized tests required by the school. Every student who does not attend testing, unless they are medically excused, negatively impacts our school.
Regulatory Program Description (referenced within the PLCA). The Regulatory Program Description states:
Students are required to participate in state and school standardized tests and to comply with the terms of the School Handbook.
Mandatory Testing of our School Handbook states:
SCCA students in certain grade levels will participate in South Carolina state testing during the appropriate testing windows.
Before you finalized your enrollment at SCCA, you agreed to the conditions of enrollment. This statement was included in those conditions:
I acknowledge that as a public school my student must attend all mandatory state testing and could be subject to withdrawal if my student doesn’t attend.
As a charter school, SCCA is able to exercise autonomy in some areas of enrollment conditions, with this being one of them. This is supported by our state-approved authorizer, the Charter Institute at Erskine.
We understand that it can be stressful to drop your student off at a site that you may never have visited with people that you’ve never met. More than anything else, your student’s safety when they are in our care is of the utmost importance. At our testing sites, we work with security companies to provide safety for all students and staff. For our elementary and middle school students and parents, we also provide them with a wristband with a unique identification number. When signing students out after testing, we match student and parent numbers to ensure that students are leaving with their approved adult.
All testing staff at our facilities are SCCA employees who go through detailed training regarding child welfare and student safety protocols during testing. Your child will never be left unattended or unsupervised during their time at the testing site.