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KINDERGARTEN TO 8th GRADE

Student assessments administered between kindergarten and 8th grade include four key sets of tests.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Student Achievement in Reading and Math, All States Grades 4 and 8, State and National Data

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a federally-required assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do in subjects such as mathematics, reading, science, and writing. NAEP results provide the only true state-to-state comparison of student achievement. The main NAEP assessments are administered to a sample of students in each state in grades four, eight and twelve. The grades four and eight math and reading assessments are administered every two years at schools selected to be representative of schools statewide. Scores are only reported at the national and state level (and for a few large school districts outside of South Carolina). Results are not reported for individual students or schools. Find out more about the NAEP at the South Carolina Department of Education or at the Nation's Report Card. Or view South Carolina's Report Card.

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)

A statewide assessment first conducted in the fall of 2017, the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is administered during the first part of the school year to all students enrolled in publicly funded kindergartens. It provides a snapshot of students’ abilities at the beginning of the school year. The KRA measures a child’s school readiness across four domains: Social Foundations, Language/Literacy, Mathematics, and Physical Well-Being. Three levels of performance are reported: Demonstrating Readiness, Approaching Readiness and Emerging Readiness. For more information visit the South Carolina Department of Education.

2nd Grade Students On Track for 3rd Grade Success

Second-Grade Students on Track for Third-Grade Success


Administered in the spring, assessments are given to all 2nd-graders to determine which students are on track for grade level success in English language arts and mathematics. From a set of options, school districts choose which assessments to use. Future success is defined as performing at the Meets Expectations level on SC READY tests in these subjects beginning in the third grade.

SC READY and SCPASS

Student Achievement in Reading, Math and Science SC READY and SCPASS Grades 3 through 8

English Language Arts and Mathematics In use since the 2015-16 school year, the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) are statewide assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades 3 through 8 that meet federal and state requirements. SC READY Assessment items measure student performance on the South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Standards. (Standards outline what schools are expected to teach and what students are expected to learn.) All students in these grades are required to take the SC READY except those students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the South Carolina National Center and State Collaborative (SC-NCSC) alternate assessment. For more information on SC READY, visit the South Carolina Department of Education.

Science The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) are statewide assessments that have been administered to students in grades four, six, and eight for science and grades five and seven for social studies. (Social Studies results are not presented here.) SCPASS test items measure student performance on the South Carolina Academic Standards for these subjects. Science scores are presented starting with 2016-17 when new performance levels and cut scores were implemented. All students in these grade levels are required to take the SCPASS except those who qualify for the South Carolina Alternate Assessment (SC-Alt). For more information on SCPASS, visit the South Carolina Department of Education.

All Three Assessments All three assessments are administered during the last 20 days of the school year and use four achievement levels: Does Not Meet Expectations, Approaches Expectations, Meets Expectations and Exceeds Expectations. Scores presented are for those students continuously enrolled from the 45th day of classes through the first day of testing.
  • NAEP
  • KRA
  • 2nd Grade
  • SC READY & SCPASS

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Source: “The Nation’s Report Card" (online: https://www.nationsreportcard.gov/).

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)

Source: SC School Report Card (online: https://screportcards.com/).

2nd Grade Students on Track for 3rd Grade Success

Source: SC School Report Card (online: https://screportcards.com/).

SC READY and SC PASS

Source: South Carolina Department of Education.

HIGH SCHOOL

High school student achievement is measured through the following sets of assessment and completion data.

End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP)

End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP)


The End of Course Examination Program (EOCEP) is a statewide assessment program of end-of-course tests in high school core courses. The EOCEP tests students in four subject areas: Algebra 1/Math for the Technologies 2; English 1; Biology 1/Applied Biology 2; and US History and the Constitution. Algebra 1 and English 1 can be taken in middle school. (Middle Schools will not have scores for Biology 1 and U.S. History and Constitution.) EOCEP test results account for 20% of a student’s final grade in that subject. Learn more at the South Carolina Department of Education.

The South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy was revised effective the 2016-17 school year. 

Grading Scale Prior to 2016-17Grading Scale Beginning 2016-17
A     93-100A     90-100
B     85-92B     80-89
C     77-84C     70-79
D     70-76D     60-69
F     0-69F     0-59

SAT and ACT

SAT and ACT

SAT The SAT is a standardized test used by many colleges and universities in their admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by the College Board.  It has two sections, Math and Evidence-based Reading and Writing, that are each scored on a scale of 200 to 800. The total score is the sum of the two section scores. The SAT also includes an optional Essay section that is scored separately. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

Additionally, the SAT has established benchmark scores for the two main sections that represents the level of achievement required for students to have a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in a corresponding credit-bearing, first-year college course. For more information visit The College Board.

A redesigned test was initiated in March 2016. Results of the new SAT are not comparable to previous years. The percentage taking the test impacts the average scores reported for states, school districts and schools. Generally a higher percentage of test takers results in lower average scores.

ACT The ACT is a standardized test used by many colleges and universities in their admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.  Knowledge and skills are assessed in four areas: English, math, reading and science with each scored on a scale of 1–36. A composite score (the average of the four sections) is also provided. The ACT also includes an optional Writing section that is scored separately. How important ACT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.

Additionally, the ACT has established a benchmark score for each subject-area test that represents the level of achievement required for students to have at least a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher and about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in a corresponding credit-bearing, first-year college course. For more information visit ACT.

The percentage taking the test impacts the average scores reported for states, school districts and schools. Generally a higher percentage of test takers results in lower average scores.

WIN Ready to Work Assessment

WIN Ready to Work & Essential Soft Skills Assessments


Beginning in 2017-2018, the WIN Ready to Work and Essential Soft Skills Assessments are administered in the spring to all 11th-grade students. These assessments replace ACT WorkKeys, which was administered in 2016 and 2017.

WIN Ready to Work Assessment
The WIN Ready to Work Assessment is a workforce education and development tool comprised of three assessments—Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information—leading to a work-ready credential. Assessments are scored on a scale from 3 to 7. Certificates are awarded at four credential levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Scoring a minimum of Level 3 on all three assessments is required for a bronze certificate; Level 4 or higher on all three is required for a silver; Level 5 or higher on all three is required for a gold; and Level 6 or higher on all three is required for a platinum certificate. Bronze indicates readiness for 35% of jobs in the workforce; Silver for 65%, Gold for 90% and Platinum for 99%. Learn more at WIN Learning or at Greenville County Schools.

High School Graduation Rate

High School Graduation Rate


High school graduation rates are now reported uniformly across the country. All states now use the four-year adjusted cohort rate (see definition in fact sheet). The rate does not include those who graduate after more than four years or those with a GED.

Despite using the same rate formula, valid comparisons among the states are difficult. Two reasons are that states differ in the number of credits required to graduate and vary in the number and types of diplomas.

South Carolina is currently one of twelve states plus the District of Columbia with the highest credit requirement for graduation (24 credits). Our state offers only one type of diploma. Read more about high school graduation requirements in the fifty states at the Education Commission of the States.

  • EOCEP
  • SAT & ACT
  • Ready to Work
  • Graduation Rate

End of Course Examination Program (EOCEP)

Note: Data is suppressed for groups with fewer than 10 test takers to maintain anonymity. Source: SC Department of Education (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/test-scores/state-assessments/end-of-course-examination-program-eocep/).

SAT and ACT*

(By graduating class)

*SAT and ACT average scores may rise or fall due to a change in the percentage taking the test. Note: SAT data available for 2017 forward only. Source: SC Dept of Education (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/test-scores/); College Board (online: https://research.collegeboard.org/programs/sat/data); ACT (online: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/research/reports/act-publications/condition-of-college-and-career-readiness-2018.html).

WIN Ready to Work Assessment (2018)

Source: South Carolina Department of Education.

High School Graduation Rate

Note: Data is suppressed for groups with small samples to maintain anonymity.Source: SC School Report Card (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/sc-school-report-card/).

POST-SECONDARY

Preparation for post-secondary education and careers and participation in post-secondary education are measured by these key indicators.

College and Career Readiness of High School Graduates

College and Career Readiness of High School Students

To be college-ready, a student must meet one of the following:
  • Score a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT;
  • Score a composite score of 1020 or higher on the SAT;
  • Score a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam;
  • Score a 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate (IB) assessment - only higher learning (HL) exams may count; or
  • Complete at least six (6) credit hours in dual enrollment courses with a grade of C or higher.
To be career-ready, a student must meet one of the following:
  • Be a Career and Technical Education (CTE) completer and earns a national or state industry credential as determined by the business community;
  • Earn a Silver, Gold or Platinum National Career Readiness Certificate on the state-approved career readiness assessment;
  • Earn a scale score of 31 or higher on the ASVAB; or
  • Successfully complete a state-approved work-based learning program.
The measure does not account for students who drop out and do not graduate. Find out more about College and Career Ready indicators at Expect More South Carolina.

High School Seniors Completing FAFSA* Forms

High School Seniors Completing FAFSA Forms

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form completed by prospective and current college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans) to pay for college or a career school. Find out more about FAFSA at the the Office of Federal Student Aid.

High School Seniors Completing College Applications

High School Students Completing College Applications

The percentage of seniors completing one or more college application.

High School Graduates Pursuing Post-Secondary Education

High School Graduates Pursuing Post-Secondary Education

The percentage of students from the prior-year graduating class enrolled in a two- or four-year college or technical college pursuing an associate degree, certificate, or diploma in the Fall following graduation.
  • Readiness
  • FAFSA*
  • College Applications
  • Post-Secondary Ed

College and Career Readiness of High School Graduates

Source: SC School Report Card (online: https://screportcards.com/).

Number of High School Seniors Completing FAFSA* Forms

Source: “SC School Report Card,” South Carolina Department of Education (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/sc-school-report-card/).

Percent of High School Seniors Completing College Applications

Source: “SC School Report Card,” South Carolina Department of Education (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/sc-school-report-card/).

Percent of High School Graduates Pursuing Post-Secondary Education

(Percentage of Students from prior year graduating class enrolled in a two- or four-year college or technical college pursuing an associate degree, certificate, or diploma in Fall following graduation.)

Source: “SC School Report Card,” South Carolina Department of Education (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/sc-school-report-card/).

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