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State Test Scores vs. Colleton

Newly-released test scores from the S.C. Department of Education show that several different tests have students in the Palmetto State falling behind last year’s testing averages. Locally, these scores have Colleton’s kids below the state average in many areas.

The scores released on Monday night are for the S.C. Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS); the End of the Course Examination Program (EOCEP) for high school grades; and the S.C. College-and-Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) test. These tests were taken in the 2016-2017 school year by students across the state. “South Carolina has done a tremendous job in raising the level of rigor and expectations for all of our students through our homegrown college and career-ready standards and assessments, “ said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.

The SC PASS test was administered to students in the fourth through eighths grades during the 2016-2017 school year. The test focuses on science and social studies.

In the state, only 52.7 percent of fourth graders “met” the test requirements for social studies.

That average testing number dropped to 28.1 percent for fourth graders who “met” the standards in science.

More detailed scores can be found on the state’s Web site at www.ed/sc/gov.

The second test scores released on Monday came from the SC READY standardized tests.

This test focuses on English/Language Arts and Math. All students across the state in grades three through eight are required to take this test.

Locally, scores fell below state averages. For example, only 19.5 percent of students in the third grade at Bells Elementary School “met” the tests requirements for English. In the fourth grade at Bells, only 16 percent met the standards for English, with 23 percent of students in the fifth grade at Bells meeting the test standards.

Heather Walters (1494 Posts)