By Samanuel Martin, News Writer

Throughout the school year there are many disruptions that prohibit the students from attending classes during the day. Teachers feel that while some disruptions are mandatory, others could be prevented.

“Testing is a viable part of the school academic performance, and Keenan got an 88.1%, the highest in Richland One,” Ms. Veronica Scott, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, said.

Keenan was also the only school to get the Palmetto Gold Award, the most prestigious award given to schools in the state. The academic standing of the schools in South Carolina is based on standardized test scores.

When it comes to testing, teachers such as Ms. Yolanda Bennett, Science Teacher, and Mr. Christopher Curtis, English Teacher, feel that testing is mandatory and required.

“We have to give ample opportunity for those who didn’t pass the spring HSAP,” Bennett said as she stood in her temporarily assigned room during the fall HSAP testing.

When testing is administered, teachers are reassigned rooms so that the test takers can be in a sound and stable environment. While no one likes to be out of their personal space, Bennett was okay with this small sacrifice if it means students got a change to take their test.

Other faculty members are more directly affected by the HSAP testing.

“The test gears the curriculum I teach to have at least one element of HSAP,” Curtis said.

While tests like HSAP and PSAT are mandatory, other interruptions are not conducive to the learning the environment.

“People come to school for education, and that shouldn’t be interrupted” Senior Sabrina Latta said.

In the spring, the main HSAP, End-of-Course and AP testing will be given, and teachers will be faced with the same predicament as in the fall.

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