assessment pic Accountability, Assessment, Research & Evaluation

    1616 Richland Street
    Columbia, SC 29201
    Phone: (803) 231-7450

    Dr. Jennifer Coleman
    Executive Director

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    The goals of the Office of Accountability, Assessment, Research and Evaluation are to be informative, accurate, and ethical. The major responsibilities of the office include monitoring of federal and state accountability systems, data analysis for instructional support, program evaluation, and student enrollment information.

    The staff coordinates and executes the state mandated testing programs as well as the district-wide achievement and aptitude tests for placement of the academically gifted students.  To support instruction, our office generates special reports, provides test analysis workshops, enhances the capacity of the district-adopted diagnostic assessment tool, and evaluates the effectiveness of different instructional programs and initiatives.  In addition to support for instruction, the office monitors the pupil accounting system to produce reports on grade retention, student and teacher attendance, suspension, and enrollment projections. 

    Jennifer Coleman, Ph.D.



    Governor Henry McMaster has ordered all South Carolina public schools to close through the end of March to help mitigate and control the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, any active research requests being conducted must be suspended until further notice. 

    The district will suspend the research request process for this duration as well.  Hence, no requests for research will be accepted during this time.  Additionally, the suspension period will extend through the end of the school your for any requests requiring district and/or school administrator, teacher, student or parent feedback.

     Thank you for your understanding. 



    ACT 207




    ACT 207 (Formerly Act 155)

    Diploma Petition Form


    A person who is no longer enrolled in a public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or was denied graduation solely for failing to meet the exit exam requirements, pursuant to former § 59-18-310(B)(2) and State Board of Education (SBE) regulation, may petition the local school board of the district where the person completed graduation requirements to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to the amended statute (Act 207).