2007 PACT SCORES – HOW KERSHAW COUNTY SCHOOLS FARED

Kershaw County saw mostly improvements over scores in the same grades within the district over the past two academic years.

More fourth-, sixth-, seventhand eighth-graders in 2007 met the standard in English/language arts than their counterparts in 2006.

But 6.2 percent of all fifthgraders who took the English/language arts section of the test in 2007 did not meet the standard compared to the same kids tested in fourth-grade English/language arts in 2006.

Third-graders who did not meet the standard increased by 2.3 percent for English/language arts from 2006 to 2007 while fifth graders who did not meet the standard increased 3.9 percent compared to 2006.

Math scores were split, with more fifth-, seventh- and eighthgraders meeting the standard than in 2006.

But fourth- and sixth-graders who did not meet the standard increased by less than 1 percent compared to last year.

For math, third-graders who did not meet the standard increased 2.3 percent compared to the third-graders of the year before.

More striking is the fourthgrade math scores. Fourth-graders who did not meet the standard rose 6 percent for the 2007 math test compared to when they took the test in third grade in 2006.

All district third- through eighth-graders take the English/language arts and math portions of the PACT test, while only a sampling of students take the social studies and science portions.

The number of students not meeting the standard for the science portion of the test in Kershaw County either stayed the same or decreased between 2006 and 2007.

For the social studies test, the number of third-, fourth-, sixthand seventh-graders who did not meet the standard decreased in 2007 from the same grades in 2006.

DISTRICT VS. THE STATE

The Kershaw County School District had more kids meet the standard on the four portions of the PACT test in 20 out of 24 categories than the state average in 2007.

Of the categories where the district had less students meet the standard than the state average, three were in social studies for grades three, five and six.

The other category was fifthgrade math, but Kershaw County had only 0.3 percent more kids not meet the standard than the state average in 2007. WHO SHINED

— * Blaney Elementary School’s fourth-grade class improved in English/language arts and math. Their fourth-grade class had 12.3 percent more kids meet the standard in 2007 compared to 2006 in English/language arts.

— * Lugoff-Elgin Middle School improved in English/language arts and math in all three grade levels. Out of all the district’s middle schools, Lugoff-Elgin Middle had the highest number of students meet the standard in five of six categories for English/language arts and math.

— * Camden Elementary School saw significant improvements in fourth-grade English/language arts and math. Fourth-graders who met the standard increased by 8.3 percent in 2007 compared to the fourth-graders of 2006 for English/ language arts. Fourth-graders who met the standard rose 5 percent in 2007 compared to the fourth-graders of 2006 for math.

— * Lugoff Elementary School thirdgraders who met the standard in English/language arts in 2007 was 94.9 percent, the highest of all the district’s elementary schools. WHO SLIPPED

— * Jackson Elementary School was below the state average for every grade in both English/language arts and math.

— * Pine Tree Hill Elementary School was below the state average for third- and fifth-grade English/ language arts and for thirdand fourth-grade math.

WHAT IT MEANS

The district is pleased with the scores overall because they were above the state average for most schools with the exception of a few, said Agnes Slayman, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Out of the four areas where the district fell below the state average, it’s obvious social studies is where the district needs to focus on improvement, she said.

The district began sending out PACT scores to parents last week, and teachers will be holding conferences to discuss individual PACT scores with parents and students through Nov. 1.

“Kids will know where their PACT score is and where it needs to be,” Slayman said. “So they will know what they need to do to improve their scores.” — Marjorie Riddle

September 13, 2007  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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