Standardized test scores released last week by the South Carolina State Department of Education show local students exceed state averages and, in many cases, outperform their Midlands counterparts.
Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) 3rd-8th graders’ PASS scores were higher than state averages in English language arts (ELA), writing and math in 15 of 18 areas.
“I am extremely pleased with these results, which reflect a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of our staff and our students,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “Our results continue to compare more than favorably with districts with more affluent demographics and higher levels of funding.”
HSAP was given this spring prior to the General Assembly’s decision to no longer require passage of an exit exam as a requirement for a high school diploma. Local students; however, scored higher than the state average in both ELA and math with the percentage of KCSD students passing ELA being the highest in the Midlands area.
PASS scores are reported in three performance levels—Exemplary, Met or Not Met—to reflect students’ mastery of subject standards. The percentage of KCSD PASS scores in ELA, writing and math that improved from Met to Exemplary totaled 57 percentage points—almost twenty percentage points higher than the state’s total of 39 points.
Local students’ scores at every grade level in ELA outperformed the state averages while their writing scores in grades 4, 5, 6 and 8 were higher than the state averages. Kershaw County scores in math in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 also beat the state averages.
Forty KCSD students earned a perfect score on at least one section of PASS and will be recognized at the upcoming August school board meeting.