Horry County School District standardized test scores surpass State averages, other districts

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CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Horry County School District is excited about their South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, or SCPASS, and South Carolina College-and-Career Ready Assessments, or SCREADY, standardized test scores from last year.

The two state-mandated tests are taken by the third through eighth grades to measure college and career readiness. They test English, science, math and social studies.

Horry County students performed significantly higher on subjects compared to other districts and the state overall.

“We looked at Greenville, Charleston and York Five, and we were well above a lot of their scores, so we were happy with the performance that our students did last year,” Lisa Boucier, Horry County School District spokesperson said.

For example, District fifth graders outperformed the state in social studies, with 81.8 percent scoring at or above state expectations, compared to South Carolina’s 69.9 percent scoring in the same categories. 

Bourcier says the district owes a lot of the students’ success to the instructional coaching available to the middle and high school grade levels.

“The purpose of their job is to work with principals and teachers to help deliver instruction to help with these standardized assessments,” Bourcier said.

The district also has instructors at the elementary level, like reading interventionists, who can work one-on-one with students that may be struggling in certain subject areas.

“What we’re doing is working,” Bourcier said. “I think we get a lot of support from our teachers; our learning services division, but we also owe a lot of it to our students and their parents supporting them with their curriculum year after year.” 

To see Horry County School District’s scores more in-depth, and to see other school district’s scores, click here.

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