Posted: Monday, September 17, 2018

End-of-Course Exam Scores Increase in English, US History

Greenville County Schools students saw improvements on English and U.S. History End-of-Course (EOCEP) exams, while scores in Algebra 1 and Biology 1 decreased in Greenville County and across South Carolina.

GCS students continue to outscore the state average on all End-of-Course exams. The End-of-Course exam score counts 20 percent of a student’s final grade in the course.

GCS Highlights:

  • Blue Ridge High School had the highest increase in English (17 percentage points)
  • Carolina High and Academy had the second highest increase in English (16 percentage points)
  • Greer High School had the highest increase in U.S. History (13 percentage points)
  • Travelers Rest High School had the second highest increase in U.S. History (10 percentage points)

In 2016, the achievement standards in Algebra I and English I were reset by the SC Department of Education, making these exams more difficult. Also, the Biology I and U.S. History and the Constitution tests were adjusted to reflect the changes in the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy.

Subject Measurement GCS SC

Algebra I*

% Passing
Mean Scale Score

70%
70

68%
68

English I*

% Passing
Mean Scale Score

84%
77

81%
74

Biology I

% Passing
Mean Scale Score

70%
71

67%
70

U.S. History

% Passing
Mean Scale Score

78%
73

71%
70

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


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