Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011

GCS Students Continue to Improve on PASS Tests

The percentage of Greenville County Schools students scoring Met or Exemplary on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) tests exceeded the percentages of their peers statewide on 25 of 26 tests, according to results released today by the State Department of Education. 

GCS students outperformed the state in every subject (writing, English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) and at all grades 3 through 8 except seventh grade science.

Overall, the percentage of GCS students scoring Met or Exemplary increased from 2010 to 2011 in 22 of 26 tests, including all grades in English language arts and math. In 2009, an increase was seen in 15 of 30 subject tests.

PASS, the state’s accountability test, has three scoring levels:

  • Exemplary – the student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard.
  • Met – the student met the grade-level standard.
  • Not Met – the student did not meet the grade-level standard.
  • Students who received Met or Exemplary scores meet state academic standards.

PASS was first administered in 2009 to replace the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Tests (PACT).  Last year, the State Board of Education adopted standards proposed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the subjects of English language arts, writing and mathematics. This decision will require the adoption of a new accountability test beginning in the 2014-15 school year for these subjects and could be administered to most students by computer.

Percentage of GCS students who scored Met and Exemplary on PASS 2009 to 2011 (All Students)

 

Writing

ELA
(Rdg. & Research)

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

 

2009

2010

2011

2009

2010

2011

2009

2010

2011

2009

2010

2011

2009

2010

2011

Gr 3

72.3

75.3

N/A

78.3

83.4

83.7

70.2

74.6

75.8

66.5

65.3

65.6

78.9

76.5

80.6

Gr 4

70.3

71.4

N/A

75.8

77.8

80.8

80.0

78.1

83.5

73.2

74.1

75.8

81.8

79.2

82.2

Gr 5

77.4

77.3

79.0

81.7

80.9

81.3

77.3

75.1

77.8

72.8

69.2

68.8

75.1

72.9

75.2

Gr 6

69.7

70.8

N/A

71.2

72.4

74.2

65.7

69.7

74.8

64.1

61.5

67.5

79.0

78.9

78.4

Gr 7

70.8

73.5

N/A

68.6

69.2

70.2

68.7

65.7

71.9

70.7

72.3

71.4

61.8

61.6

66.4

Gr 8

71.4

73.9

72.0

70.0

66.4

69.0

63.1

64.5

69.8

66.2

71.6

72.5

72.6

71.0

72.4

 

2011 GCS vs. SC PASS Performance (All Students)

 

Writing

ELA
(Rdg. & Research)

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

 

GCS

SC

GCS

SC

GCS

SC

GCS

SC

GCS

SC

Gr 3

N/A

N/A

83.7

80.0

75.8

70.4

65.6

60.8

80.6

76.6

Gr 4

N/A

N/A

80.8

78.0

83.5

79.4

75.8

70.9

82.2

77.1

Gr 5

79.0

77.7

81.3

78.3

77.8

75.3

68.8

64.9

75.2

70.4

Gr 6

N/A

N/A

74.2

70.2

74.8

72.5

67.5

64.9

78.4

77.6

Gr 7

N/A

N/A

70.2

68.4

71.9

69.7

71.4

71.7

66.4

63.4

Gr 8

72.0

67.8

69.0

67.8

69.8

69.5

72.5

70.1

72.4

71.9


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