Education officials say South Carolina’s newest test scores are disappointing, but somewhat expected.
South Carolina students scores in grades 3-8 declined in most subjects on the state-standardized Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test compared to 2013. But state officials said those results were not surprising because schools are switching to new Common Core learning benchmarks in math and reading for 2014 and 2015.
Those transition showed, as tests scored either “Met” or “Exemplary” dropped in every grade for English Language Arts and declined in Mathematics for all grades but 3rd and 7th.
However, scores also dropped across the board in Science. Results were mixed in the Social Studies section, with grades 4-6 seeing improvement over last year, while the other three tested age groups regressed. Writing also broke even. Grades 3-5 saw significant improvement on the tests, but middle school students dropped slightly. However, a higher percentage of students scored “exemplary” in writing for each grade than in 2013.