ERIC Number: ED209262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Handbook for Understanding the Basic Skills Assessment Program.
Hartley, C. Lewie
In accordance with the Basic Skills Assessment Program (BSAP, Act 631), all local school districts of South Carolina are responsible for providing instruction in the basic skills of mathematics, reading and writing to students that demonstrate deficiencies in one or more of these tests. The BSAP represents a comprehensive approach toward improvement of basic skills of individual students and effectiveness of instructional programs. The central thrust of BSAP is instructional improvement, with heavy focus on grades K-3 and establishment of statewide educational objectives of basic skills for grades K-12; and requires readiness testing at the beginning of grade 1; criterion referenced testing at the ends of grades 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8; and adult functional competency testing at the end of grade 11. The responsibility for implementing the act was delegated to various levels of school government. Many issues and concerns have been raised since the passage of the act, that necessitate further information on interpreting BSAP. Part I of this handbook, "Major Provisions of the Basic Skills Assessment Program Legislation" addresses major elements of the legislation. Part II of the handbook, "Local School District Questions and Answers" provides the answers to questions posed by local school district personnel. (Author/KM)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Minimum Competencies, Primary Education, Reading Skills, School Readiness Tests, State Legislation, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Research.
Identifiers: Mathematics Skills; South Carolina; South Carolina Basic Skills Assessment Program