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COLUMBIA – Fairfield County School District administrator Neely Kelly was recently selected to serve on the English Language Arts standards revision team.

Dr. Mick Zais issued the following statement announcing the team writing new English Language Arts standards held their first meeting.

“This is a high-caliber group of teachers represented on the English Language Arts writing team,” said Zais, state superintendent of education. “We are confident that these educators from across the state will deliver a high-quality product – college- and career-ready standards that will ensure our students have a bright future. On behalf of parents, students, teachers, and taxpayers across South Carolina, I thank them for their willingness to invest time in this important task.”

A record 365 ELA and math nominations were made and 19 educators were selected for the ELA team. The team will focus on all components of ELA, including reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and researching.

The S.C. Department of Education developed a rubric to apply fairly across the board to select the team. The Department chose applicants based on their level of expertise and ensured the team represented the diversity found in our schools and across our state.

The rubric, comments from educators on why they wanted to serve, and bar charts showing the breakdown of applicants are posted on the Department’s website.

Department staff assist the ELA writers, but are not considered part of the actual writing team. All media queries for the ELA writers must go through the Department’s Legislative and Public Affairs Office.

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