Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013

GCS Outperforms the State on PASS Tests

The percentage of GCS students scoring Met or Exemplary on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) tests increased from 2012 to 2013 in 18 of 26 tests, according to results released today by the State Department of Education. 

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

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).  In 2010, the State Board of Education adopted standards proposed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative in the subjects of English language arts and mathematics. Also, South Carolina recently approved participation in the Smarter Balanced consortium – a new, federal, accountability test beginning in the 2014-15 school year. 

Percentage of GCS students who scored Met and Exemplary on PASS 2009 to 2013 (All Students)

Writing

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Gr 3

72.3

75.3

N/A

N/A

75.9

Gr 4

70.3

71.4

N/A

N/A

78.5

Gr 5

77.4

77.3

79.0

78.3

79.5

Gr 6

69.7

70.8

N/A

N/A

77.0

Gr 7

70.8

73.5

N/A

N/A

80.7

Gr 8

71.4

73.9

72.0

77.2

79.7

ELA (Reading & Research)

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Gr 3

78.3

83.4

83.7

83.3

86.1

Gr 4

75.8

77.8

80.8

82.1

83.3

Gr 5

81.7

80.9

81.3

79.5

85.4

Gr 6

71.2

72.4

74.2

73.1

77.6

Gr 7

68.6

69.2

70.2

74.6

76.0

Gr 8

70.0

66.4

69.0

71.8

71.0

Mathematics

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Gr 3

70.2

74.6

75.8

77.3

75.4

Gr 4

80.0

78.1

83.5

83.2

83.5

Gr 5

77.3

75.1

77.8

81.4

81.1

Gr 6

65.7

69.7

74.8

74.0

73.8

Gr 7

68.7

65.7

71.9

73.1

72.3

Gr 8

63.1

64.5

69.8

70.1

72.1

Science

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Gr 3

66.5

65.3

65.6

67.3

72.8

Gr 4

73.2

74.1

75.8

78.7

78.9

Gr 5

72.8

69.2

68.8

75.6

77.0

Gr 6

64.1

61.5

67.5

68.3

71.8

Gr 7

70.7

72.3

71.4

77.0

78.0

Gr 8

66.2

71.6

72.5

78.3

74.1

Social Studies

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Gr 3

78.9

76.5

80.6

80.3

83.5

Gr 4

81.8

79.2

82.2

83.9

85.3

Gr 5

75.1

72.9

75.2

76.6

78.3

Gr 6

79.0

78.9

78.4

79.8

79.1

Gr 7

61.8

61.6

66.4

72.2

71.9

Gr 8

72.6

71.0

72.4

75.2

75.5

2013 GCS vs. SC PASS Performance (All Students)

  • The percentage of GCS students scoring Met and Exemplary was higher than the percentage of SC students scoring Met and Exemplary in all areas at all grade levels in both 2012 and 2013.

 

Writing

ELA

(Reading & Research)

Mathematics

Science

Social Studies

 

GCS

SC

GCS

SC

GCS

SC

GCS

SC

GCS

SC

Gr 3

75.9

70.3

86.1

82.9

75.4

69.8

72.8

67.8

83.5

79.8

Gr 4

78.5

74.4

83.3

79.0

83.5

79.8

78.9

73.1

85.3

81.8

Gr 5

79.5

74.5

85.4

82.0

81.1

76.3

77.0

73.0

78.3

71.7

Gr 6

77.0

74.7

77.6

74.4

73.8

71.3

71.8

68.4

79.1

78.0

Gr 7

80.7

76.5

76.0

73.2

72.3

68.3

78.0

75.5

71.9

68.3

Gr 8

79.7

75.7

71.0

67.4

72.1

70.2

74.1

71.1

75.5

71.3


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