South Carolina: College and Career Policies

South Carolina updated the Visual and Performing arts standards in 2010. South Carolina has standards in Dance, Visual Arts, Media Arts, General Music, Choral Music, Instrumental Music, and Theatre.

South Carolina has standards in 8 different content areas including English language arts, financial literacy, health education, math, physical education, science social studies, and visual and performing arts.

The South Carolina State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The South Carolina Department of Education is required to adopt standards for professional development.

ADEPT is South Carolina's system for assisting, developing, and evaluating professional teaching. Based on state expectations (i.e., the ADEPT Performance Standards) that are aligned with nationally recognized professional standards, the ADEPT system forms a seamless continuum for educators throughout the entirety of their careers. On June 11, 2014, the State Board of Education approved this new educator evaluation system. Local education agencies (LEAs) had the option of continuing to use the current ADEPT evaluation tool (SAFE-T) for one last year, or one of the two pilot rubrics, South Carolina Teaching Standards or Enhanced ADEPT, or any other pre-approved rubric via the normal SCDE waiver process.

South Carolina updated the science standards in 2014.

ADEPT is South Carolina's system for assisting, developing, and evaluating professional teaching.

The South Carolina State Board of Education has authority over teacher certification.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) tests in science.

In order to become a certified teacher in South Carolina, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution with an approved teacher preparation program, pass required content examinations, and be at least 18 years old.

South Carolina adopted new social studies standards in 2011.

The South Carolina State Board of Education approves teacher preparation programs for accreditation.

This includes:
-1 credit of US History and Constitution;
-1/2 credit of economics;
-1/2 credit of US Government; and
-1 additional credit.

In order to be an approved teacher preparation program in South Carolina, programs must meet the performance-based standards as established by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) tests in social studies.

South Carolina College- and Career-Ready English Language Arts Standards (ELA) were created in 2015.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. ยง59-18-300 grants the South Carolina State Board of Education authority to adopt educational standards in core academic areas.

In South Carolina, professional development is required for teachers in order to renew their certificate.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) tests in writing, English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The High School Assessment Program (HSAP) assesses selected South Carolina academic standards in English language arts and mathematics that students have had the opportunity to learn by the end of the tenth grade. Every student must pass the HSAP to graduate from high school unless they meet the qualifications for alternative assessment.

South Carolina has standards in 8 different content areas including English language arts, financial literacy, health education, math, physical education, science social studies, and visual and performing arts.

To include:
-1 credit in physical education or ROTC;
-1 credit in computer science;
-1 credit in a foreign language or CTE; and,
-7 additional unspecified credits.

Students in grades 3-8 take the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) tests in writing, English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. The High School Assessment Program (HSAP) assesses selected South Carolina academic standards in English language arts and mathematics that students have had the opportunity to learn by the end of the tenth grade. Every student must pass the HSAP to graduate from high school unless they meet the qualifications for alternative assessment.

Educators must earn 120 credits over 5 years in order to renew their licenses. Additionally, educators working in middle or high school settings must complete youth suicide prevention training to be in compliance with the Jason Flatt Act.

South Carolina has standards in 8 different content areas including English language arts, financial literacy, health education, math, physical education, science social studies, and visual and performing arts.