On Aug. 6 the S.C. Department of Education released the results of the 2013-2014 South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) for students in third through eighth grades. Scores for Dorchester District Two are posted online at the department’s website.
It appears that for every grade level, for every subject tested, the percentage of DD2 students scoring “met” or “exemplary” was at least 72 percent. Fourth-grade science had the lowest percentage at 72. 6 percent. Fourth-grade social studies scores had the highest percentage at 89.3 percent.
It appears third through six grades scored lowest in science. At least 81 percent of students in grades third through seventh met scores or scored “exemplary” in the writing portion of the test. At least 80 percent of students in those same grades met scores or scored “exemplary” in the social studies portion.
DD2 Public Information Officer Pat Raynor said one thing the district is certainly pleased with is how the students scored higher than the South Carolina average in all subjects, in all grades.
“In 18 out of 30 areas we had 80 percent that met the state standards,” she said. “That shows our children are achieving and increasing their scores in most every area.
“I think this year’s scores showed continued improvement,” she added. “It certainly reflects the hard work of our teachers in the classroom, and certainly our students – that they are continuing to achieve at higher levels.”
More details will be featured in the Aug. 13 edition of The Summerville Journal Scene.