PICKENS COUNTY — Students in the School District of Pickens County outperformed state averages on SC Ready, SC PASS and End-of-Course assessments in 2017. Scores were released by the South Carolina Department of Education on Monday.
SC Ready tested students on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in grades 3-8, SC PASS tested students on Science and Social Studies in grades 4-8, and End-of-Course Exams tested high school students in Intermediate Algebra, English 1, Biology, and U.S. History. The majority of students taking End-of-Course Exams are high school freshmen.
On SC Ready, SDPC students performed above state averages in 10 out of 12 grades and subject areas, with only 3rd grade and 6th grade ELA dipping below state averages. On SC PASS, Pickens County students outperformed the state in every grade on every test. 2017 was the first year that all students were required to take the tests online.
On End-of Course Exams, SDPC students outperformed the state on every test both by average test score and by the percentage of students passing.
“With testing moving online, students aren’t only being judged on their content knowledge, but also on their proficiency with technology. In the long term, we have to accept the fact that we are preparing children for a world where technical proficiency isn’t optiona l— it’s essential,” said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC Superintendent. “This year, we expanded our 1:1 device initiative to 4th grade, which means that every student will have access to a Chromebook or tablet in grades 4-12. We hope that this investment in technology will pay dividends at assessment time as students are more comfortable completing their work electronically. We know it will be beneficial for students as they enter the workforce.”