Lexington-Richland Five students boast perfect PASS scores
Doing something that only a small percentage of their peers accomplished, more than 120 students from Lexington-Richland Five schools turned in a perfect performance on the 2013 PASS test.
PASS, or Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, is taken by students from third grade through eighth grade and measures knowledge of science, social studies, math, writing and English language arts.
Data from the S.C. Department of Education show that 121 Lexington-Richland Five students scored the maximum number of points on the test they took last spring. Additionally, 13 of them earned top scores in more than one subject area.
District Five Director of Elementary Education Michael Guliano commended the diligent students.
“A perfect score is truly an amazing accomplishment. I am extremely proud of the success of these students as I am of all of our students district-wide. Their success would not be possible without the hard work of our staff members and the partnership they have with our supportive community,” he said.
Each of the students earning a perfect score was given a certificate. Spring Hill High School freshman Connor Richards Sweet, who earned a perfect score in the ELA category, was excited to receive the recognition.
“I’m really surprised,” he added. “I’ve received exemplary scores before but not a perfect score. Last year while I was at Chapin Middle, our teacher pushed us to improve, and I guess it worked.”
Accounting for the scores of all district students, Lexington-Richland Five has the third-highest overall exemplary level in science and social studies, fourth-highest in ELA and math and fifth-highest in writing.