The South Carolina Department of Education released the 2017-2018 school year results for the SC READY and SCPASS (South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) tests on September 4th. SC READY is an exam given to all students in grades 3 through 8 in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics and has been administered since 2016. SCPASS is an exam consisting of Science (given to students in grades 4, 6, and 8) and Social Studies (given to students in grades 5 and 7) that has been given in some form since 2009. To relieve the burden of testing and as part of the new accountability system, Science and Social Studies standards are only assessed every other year. In addition, Science performance levels were completely updated in 2017.
Lexington Three’s results on the SC READY and SCPASS exams showed students performing both below and above the state average. Despite some of the gaps, the district did show significant growth.
The percentage of Lexington Three students meeting state standards improved at nearly every grade level from last year in English Language Arts. The biggest increase occurred in third grade where 14 percent more students met state standards than the prior year.
The percentage of students meeting state standards in Math increased by at least four percentage points across all grade levels from the prior school year. The largest increase occurred in sixth grade where 16 percent more students met state standards than the prior year.
A higher percentage of Lexington Three students in grades 6 and 8 met state standard on SC PASS Science compared to the year before (17% and 9%). In addition, a higher percentage of Lexington Three students in grade 7 met state standard in SC PASS Social Studies compared to the prior year (4%).
Anyone who wishes to view the full SC READY and SCPASS results for Lexington Three or other districts across the state can visit https://ed.sc.gov/data/test-scores/.