Last updated: March 14. 2014 9:11AM - 615 Views
By Kevin Boozer kboozer@civitasmedia.com

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NEBWERRY — It’s that time of year again when students in grades 3 through 8 sharpen their pencils for S.C. Palmetto Assessment of State Standards writing examinations.

The School District of Newberry County will be administering the SCPASS writing test for students in grades three through eight on March 18 (Day 1 Writing) and March 19 (Day 2 Writing). March 20-25 will be used for make-up testing.

“Teachers do a great job of getting our students prepared for the testing,” said Carson Ware, director of accountability, Assessment and Professional Development for the Newberry County School District. “All we ask of parents is to make sure their children get a good night’s sleep the night before and get the children to school on time. Though we provide breakfast to our students, some parents may fix a special breakfast at home for their children, too.”

She also said it’s important children not bring electronic devices. Not only could those devices be distracting, but in some instances children around the country have used devices for communicating, timing or imaging to cheat on tests.

Forbidden devices include cell phones, pagers, beepers, headphones, stop watches, electronic translators, hand-held devices, PDAs, or any electronic imagining or photographic devices.

Other tips for parents include:

• Put a positive spin on the assessment where the child shows what he or she knows. A positive attitude also goes a long way toward helping student success on the tests.

• Remind children to listen to and follow directions.

• Remind students to read questions carefully.

• Notify the school if a child is sick. Administrators want them to be 100 percent when they take the exam if at all possible.

• Wish children good luck and remind them you believe in them. It’s important that children relax and do their very best.

Students either score “met,” meaning they met the grade-level standard; “exemplary,” meaning the student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade level standard; or “not met,” meaning the student did not meet the standard.

A rubric used to grade the writing responses is available at:


Parents can receive more information as well as sample test items at the following website:


They can find SCPASS vocabulary words of the day at:


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