Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

GCS Students Exceed State on SCPASS Science, Social Studies

Greenville County Schools’ students scored significantly higher than SC students on SCPASS (South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards). The SCPASS assessment measures student performance on the South Carolina Academic Standards in Science and Social Studies. 

Beginning in 2017-18, SCPASS science tests were only administered to students in grades 4, 6, and 8, and social studies tests were only administered to students in grades 5 and 7.

In addition, the achievement standards for SCPASS Science were reset two years ago. Test results are reported using the same four achievement categories as SC READY – Does Not Meet Expectations, Approaches Expectations, Meets Expectations, and Exceeds Expectations. The test results for SCPASS Social Studies continue to be reported using three categories – Not Met, Met, and Exemplary.

On SCPASS Science, the percentage of GCS students scoring Meets Expectations and Exceeds Expectations was higher than the percentage of SC students scoring Meets Expectations and Exceeds Expectations at all grade levels.

On SCPASS Social Studies, the percentage of GCS students scoring Met and Exemplary was higher than the percentage of SC students scoring Met and Exemplary at all grade levels.

GCS Highlights

  • Sterling School led the way in middle school scores in science with 99% of tested students earning Meets or Exceeds Expectations. Sterling School was also the middle school with the highest percentage of tested students (100%) scoring Met and Exemplary in social studies.
  • Eighty-seven percent of fourth graders at Tigerville and Augusta Circle Elementary Schools achieved Meets or Exceeds Expectations in science.
  • Tigerville Elementary also achieved the highest percentage of fifth graders (95%) earning Met and Exemplary in social studies.

GCS vs. SC Science Performance (All Students)

2018 Science

 

GCS

SC

Gr 4

60

50

Gr 6

53

48

Gr 8

53

49

 

GCS vs. SC Social Studies Performance (All Students)

2018 Social Studies

 

GCS

SC

Gr 5

77

70

Gr 7

70

66

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