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KCSD SC READY and SCPASS scores released

Posted: September 12, 2018 4:04 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2018 1:00 a.m.

State standardized test scores recently released by the South Carolina Department of Education show that Kershaw County School District (KCSD) elementary and middle school students raised their scores in 15 out of 23 categories from 2016-17 to 2017-18 although KCSD officials say there is need for more improvement.

The South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) were given to students this spring in grades three through eight in the subjects of English Language Arts (ELA), reading and mathematics.  The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) was administered to students in grades four, six and eight in science and in grades five and seven for social studies.

“This provides a good benchmark to see where we need to better focus our efforts,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins.  “We will take time to digest the data and then put our resources into the areas that need attention. While I’m pleased to see improvements, we are still not at the state average in most areas.”

ELA, reading math and science scores are reported in four achievement categories: Does Not Meet Expectations, Approaches Expectations, Meets Expectations, and Exceeds Expectations. Social studies scores are reported in three groups: Not Met Expectations, Met Expectations and Exemplary.

The percentage of KCSD students scoring Meets or Exceeds Expectations in sixth and eighth grade science and eighth grade ELA was higher than the state average while the percentage of KCSD students scoring Met or Exemplary in seventh grade social studies also topped the state average.

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