The state Education Oversight Committee (EOC) has approved a scoring system that would lead to more of the state’s schools meeting federal educational goals. The EOC voted Monday to align passing scores on the state’s new standardized tests with what the state considered passing on the 10-year-old PACT test. The committee has said that means more schools will make “adequate yearly progress” under No Child Left Behind. The law that ended PACT followed years of complaints that results came in after the school year ended and provided no analysis on topics in which students excelled or struggled. The computer-based Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, or PASS test, is designed to give teachers more timely and detailed information about students’ abilities.
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