Posted: Monday, November 9, 2015

GCS Students Outperform State Average on End-of-Course Exams

Greenville County Scores Continue to Rise

Greenville County middle and high school students scored above the state average on all four End-of-Course exams.  GCS scores on all exams increased and more students earned passing grades. The End-of-Course exam counts as 20% of a student’s final grade in the course.

In the 2014-2015 school year, exams were given to students enrolled in the following high school credit courses:

  • Algebra I and Mathematics for the Technologies 2 (middle and high school students were administered the Algebra I exam)
  • English1 (middle and high school students were administered the English I exam)
  • Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 (high school students were administered the Biology I exam)
  • U.S. History and the Constitution (high school students were administered the U.S. History exam)

End-of-Course Exam

 

GCS

SC

Algebra I*

% Passing

89.9%

85.5%

Average Score

85.3

82.6

English I*

% Passing

79.5%

74.8%

Average Score

81.5

79.4

Biology I

% Passing

83.6%

77.7%

Average Score

85.3

82.3

U.S. History

% Passing

77.7%

68.9%

Average Score

78.8

76.1

*Algebra I and English I scores include exams taken by middle school students.

Greenville County Schools passage rates in Algebra I and US History & the Constitution have increased significantly over the past five years.

The passage rate for Algebra I is up more than five percentage points, from 84.4% of students in 2011 to 89.9% in 2015.

Increases in US History & the Constitution are even greater. The percentage of students passing improved from 59.8% in 2011 to 77.7% in 2015.

English I and Biology I passage rates declined slightly for Greenville County students, while average scores have continued to rise to 81.5 and 85.3 respectively.


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