South Carolina Readiness Policies

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South Carolina
College and Career Readiness Standards and Definition

The South Carolina Department of Education adopted college- and career- ready standards effective for the 2015-2016 school year. South Carolina requires that all 11th grade students take ACT WorkKeys. Further, to earn a South Carolina high school diploma, students are required to pass a high school credit course in science and United States history and four gateway courses (English, math, science and social studies) in which a state authorized end-of-course examination, aligned to the South Carolina College and Career Ready Standards, is administered. End-of-course examinations comprise 20 percent of the student’s final course grade.

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South Carolina

High School Graduation Requirements

Course and Diploma Requirements for Current Seniors

Students must complete at least 24 units to earn a regular high school diploma.

Subject

Credits

Required Courses

Substitutions

English

4

English I

English II

English III

English IV  

AP, IB, or dual enrollment English courses or Advanced Composition

Math

4

First math or Algebra I

Second math          

Third math

Fourth math          

AP, IB, or dual enrollment math courses

Science

3

Physical Science

Biology

One additional lab science   

AP, IB, or dual enrollment sciences courses

Social Studies

3

U.S. History and Constitution

1/2 Credit Economics

1/2 Credit U.S. Government

Other Social Studies

IB or dual enrollment social studies courses

Computer Science

1

 

Keyboarding

Physical Education

1

Physical Education   

Junior ROTC

Foreign Language or Career Technology

1

 

Not specified

Electives

7

   

Total Credits

24

   

Assessment Requirements

South Carolina administers End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) assessments in four subjects: English I, Algebra I/ Math for the Technologies II, Biology I, and U.S. history and Constitution. The end-of-course assessments count as 20 percent of final course grades. Students must pass Biology I and U.S. History and Constitution courses to graduate high school.  Students in grade 11 will take both the ACT and ACT WorkKeys.