SC DOE releases test results for SC READY, SC PASS, EOCEP

SC READY results released for 2017
Posted on 10/03/2017
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 / SCREADY-SCPASS-EOCEP 2017

S.C. Department of Education releases test results
for SC READY, SC PASS, EOCEP

BEAUFORT – The South Carolina Department of Education has released the results of 2017 statewide assessments for SC READY, SC PASS and End-of-Course assessments.

SC READY results for 2017
SC READY assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics are designed to measure progress of students in grades 3-8 toward South Carolina’s new, more rigorous academic standards and higher expectations.  Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said last year that adopting rigorous standards and accompanying assessments would require an adjustment by students, parents and teachers as educators and students transition to a more challenging academic environment.

In 2017, Beaufort County students outperformed the state in all grades in mathematics and in three of six grades in English Language Arts.  South Carolina made scoring changes to the SC Ready scale in 2017, comparisons between the two years are being done cautiously.  For example, a 4th grade student in 2016 on the English Language Arts assessment that scored in the 25th percentile was “Approaches Expectations”.  A similar student in 2017, 4th grade scoring in the 25th percentile on the English Language Arts assessment, is “Does Not Meet Expectations”.

In SC READY English language arts:

  • Grade 3 – 41.0 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 42.1 statewide.  An additional 32.4 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 4 – 42.0 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 40.9 statewide.  An additional 30.1 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 5 – 42.3 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 38.3 statewide.  An additional 31.5 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 6 – 42.3 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 39.7 statewide.  An additional 35.1 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 7 – 35.1 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 36.4 statewide.  An additional 34.6 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 8 – 38.8 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 40.1 statewide.  An additional 32.6 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • In SC READY mathematics:
  • Grade 3 – 55.3 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 52.5 statewide.  An additional 23.5 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 4 – 52.1 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 46.4 statewide.  An additional 27.6 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 5 – 44.1 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 40.0 statewide.  An additional 30.4 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 6 – 43.0 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 41.5 statewide.  An additional 33.3 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 7 – 36.2 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 33.3 statewide.  An additional 35.4 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 8 – 37.3 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 34.5 statewide.  An additional 33.7 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.

SC PASS results for 2017
South Carolina students in grades 4-8 have taken SC PASS assessments in science and social studies since 2009.  Science scores were converted to SC READY performance levels in 2017, making social studies the only assessment comparable across multiple administrations.

In SC PASS science:

  • Grade 4 – 47.4 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 48.4 statewide.  An additional 28.9 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 5 – 43.8 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 46.1 statewide.  An additional 23.2 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 6 – 45.9 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 48.0 statewide.  An additional 23.0 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 7 – 44.5 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 46.5 statewide.  An additional 23.4 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.
  • Grade 8 – 49.9 percent met or exceeded state standards compared to 49.5 statewide.  An additional 22.8 percent of district students “approached” meeting state standards.

Beaufort County students’ performance on SC PASS social studies exams improved in one of the five grade levels tested and improved relative to statewide averages in three of five grade levels tested:

  • Grade 4 – 81.1 percent met or exceeded state benchmarks in 2017 compared to 80.9 last year (80.8 percent statewide).
  • Grade 5 – 64.8 percent met or exceeded state benchmarks in 2017 compared to 71.9 last year (70.9 statewide).
  • Grade 6 – 75.1 percent met or exceeded state benchmarks in 2017 compared to 75.1 last year (73.3 percent statewide).
  • Grade 7 – 58.4 percent met or exceeded state benchmarks in 2017 compared to 70.4 last year (63.5 statewide).
  • Grade 8 – 64.0 percent met or exceeded state benchmarks in 2017 compared to 65.1 last year (67.7 percent statewide).

Looking at five-year trend data for SC PASS social studies, Beaufort County and statewide scores have decreased in all grades tested.

End-of-course exams
For the first time Beaufort’s percent of students passing EOCEP exams surpassed the state in all four subject areas.

For the 2016-2017 school year, two major changes affected EOCEP results:  

  • South Carolina adopted a new 10-point grading scale that impacts the scores of all four subject areas tested.
  • Algebra I and English I scoring was rescaled to match the rigor of SC College & Career Ready Standards.  Rescaled scoring contributed at least partially to fewer students passing the Algebra I exam and more students passing the English I assessment.

Due to these changes, the 2016-2017 EOCEP mean score and percent passing results in Algebra I and English I can’t be compared to results from prior years.

South Carolina students’ scores on end-of-course exams count for 20 percent of final grades in Algebra 1, English 1, Biology and U.S. History and Constitution. 

  • Algebra I – The percentage passing was 77.5 in 2017 (state passing percentage was 74.7).
  • English I – The percentage passing was 81.4 in 2017 (state passing percentage was 76.8).
  • Biology – The percentage passing increased from 79.8 in 2016 to 80.9 in 2017 (state passing percentage was 73.7).
  • U.S. History and Constitution – The percentage passing improved from 73.3 in 2016 to 73.4 in 2017 (state passing percentage was 67.8).

“Our students and our progress is more than one data point in time and should be reflective of the work we are doing in our district working with our community and teachers in preparing graduates to be successful after graduation,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “Other indicators outside teacher grades would be our graduation rate continues to improve every year and is the highest in our history, our dropout rate is the lowest I can find on record, SAT results show us above the National Level on the most recent report, and our students continue to set records on scholarship dollars received.”