Lexington One students exceeding state averages on key tests
Good news for parents in Lexington County’s largest school district.
Data from the S.C. Department of Education shows Lexington County School District One students are improving on their year-end assessments and scoring better than the state average on state testing.
The key tests taken by students in various grades include End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP), S.C. Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS), and the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY).
These latest results come on the heels of a recent announcement that graduating seniors in the district also were surpassing their peers statewide on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), as well as testing for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.
EOCEP assessments count for 20 percent of a student’s final grade. Students are tested in mathematics, science, English, and social studies. Lexington One’s average scores were higher than the state average in each of the four subject areas.
The percentage of Lexington One students passing Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2 and U.S. History held steady from 2014–15 to 2015–16, but the percentage of students passing Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 and English 1 increased.
The percentage of students passing increased by 4.5 percent in Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 and 5 percent in English1. Additionally, the average score for Lexington One students increased in both English 1 and U.S. History.
The SCPASS is given to students in fourth through eighth grade to assess their proficiency in the subjects of science and social studies. Test questions measure student performance on the South Carolina Academic Standards, and each question is aligned to the standards for that subject and grade level.
Standards outline what schools are expected to teach and what students are expected to learn. Students can receive a score of “Exemplary,” “Met” or “Not Met.” In each grade level ob on both tests, Lexington One students scored better than the state averages.
For the SC READY tests, students are tested in English and mathematics, and they can score “Exceeds,” “Meets,” Approaches,” or “Does Not Meet” the state standard for that course.
Across the board, Lexington One students outperformed the state average in every grade and both subject areas.