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SCREADY, SCPASS Testing Dates Scheduled-Virtual and Brick and Mortar Students

Virtual students will attend in-person school for State testing; brick-and-mortar students will eLearn on identified days

NOTE: All testing will be conducted at the schools’ physical locations. Remote testing is not available. Students will be required to follow all established safety measures, including mask-wearing and social distancing.

State Testing Schedule

The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessment (SCREADY) program is a statewide assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics for students in grades 3-8. The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) is a statewide assessment in science that must be administered to students in grades 4 and 6.

All students are required to participate in SC READY and SCPASS at the applicable grades with exception of students who qualify to participate in Alternate Assessments.  

For students enrolled in the brick-and-mortar attendance plan, the testing schedule will be as follows: 

May 4- 3rd Grade ELA Day 1

May 5-3rd Grade ELA Day 2

May 6-4th Grade Science

May 11-4th and 5th Grade ELA Day 1

May 12-4th and 5th Grade ELA Day 2

May 13-3rd Grade Math

May 18-4th and 5th Grade Math

Virtual Program students in grades 3-5 will attend school IN PERSON to take the SCREADY test for English Language Arts on Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, and SCREADY math test on Friday, May 7.

While Virtual Program students are in school facilities for SC READY testing, third through fifth grade students currently attending brick-and-mortar school will participate in eLearning on April 29, April 30, and May 7.  It is important that parents prepare now for childcare on these eLearning days. 

Virtual Program students in grades 4 IN PERSON on Thursday, May 6 to take the SCPASS science test. 

GCS will offer bus transportation to 3rd-5th grade Virtual Program students on State testing days. Parents must complete the bus transportation survey in your Parent Backpack if students have no other transportation options available. If your child needs bus transportation, you must complete the bus survey in Parent Backpack by March 29, 2021. If you indicate bussing needs, the district transportation department will contact you with routing information prior to the first day of testing.

Once logging into Backpack, you will see the transportation survey on the Home Dashboard.

The parent requesting transportation must have Backpack access and educational decision-making rights to request transportation.  Contact your child’s home school for help if needed.

Set up a Backpack Account

Additional information regarding testing for Virtual Program students will be provided the week of April 12, 2021 from the school administration.


COVID-19 Layers of Protection

We are committed to keeping all of our students and staff protected through multiple layers of protection and prevention. The areas of protection and prevention are outlined and explained in our Levels of Protection graphics. 

English Levels of Protection Infographic

Spanish Levels of Protection Infographic


Birthday Marquee

Happy BirthdayEllen Woodside Elementary is now offering a fun way to express your child’s birthday!
For $10, a personal birthday message will be displayed on our roadside marquee and large screen televisions in the front office and cafeteria. The message will appear from 12:01am-11:59pm on the date you choose.

Weekend/Holiday Birthdays-Schedule message the Friday before, Monday after or a return date following a holiday.
Summer Birthdays-Messages can be displayed on date of birth or Celebrate Half Birthdays during the school year.

Birthday Marquee Request Form