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Teachers help with end of course exam reviews

Posted: December 23, 2015 11:54 a.m.
Updated: December 25, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Ashley Baker

With the holidays here, a majority of people are caught up in the season’s spirit. While teachers all over are excited for a break from school, they also felt the pressure as they prepared lesson plans to incorporate end of course exam (EOC) reviews. These exams normally take place prior to the winter break; however, the severe flooding which affected numerous areas in Kershaw County earlier this year has pushed these dates back.

Classes which require an EOC include Algebra, Biology, English and United States History. North Central High has many different techniques and strategies to fully prepare each student for each EOCs in all subject areas.

Whether it’s USA Test Prep on computers, various worksheets or classroom games and activities, teachers find ways to excite students about the material and preparation. This preparation also takes place at the administrative level.

"I meet with EOC teachers to discuss the previous scores and ways that we can all work together to improve these scores," Principal David Branham said.

North Central teachers incorporate EOC vocabulary into daily lessons. They teach in the best interest of the student’s success and give one on one help whenever necessary.

"It is important to cover the SC standards fully, since the EOC is based on these. Our teachers do a great job of this," Branham said.

Though the concepts can be challenging for students, the greatest thing about the classrooms at North Central is teachers do not interpret this as never-ending book work. Instead, they find really creative ways to help students understand what they’re learning and the expectations of the EOC.

When it’s time for all final exams and EOCs, teachers are very supportive and positive with students. They know how to take a lot of the stress off of the reviews and try to bring a calm atmosphere to each classroom.

These proactive steps and classroom strategies have certainly lead to an improvement in scores during the past few years. In 2013 as a school, North Central had an average EOC score of 75. In only two years, the average has increased to 81.

(Ashley Baker is a sophomore at North Central High School; co-editor of the school’s yearbook, The Shield; and one of several high school columnists for the Chronicle-Independent, Camden, S.C.)

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