Pawleys Island, S.C. — There was improvement in Georgetown County schools this year in the state’s End-of-Course testing, according to data released by the S.C. Department of Education.
The EOC tests are given in the areas of biology, English, algebra and U.S. history and constitution and the results are two percent of a student’s final grade in a course.
In the county, middle school passage rates led the way with English I and algebra I students. Waccamaw Middle had 100 percent of its algebra I students achieve passing marks.
Waccamaw High School had a passage rate of 91.5 percent of its second year to high school students making 100 on the biology I exam.
The district-wide average passage rate was 77.8 for biology (74.9 last year), 77.2 for English (76.9 last year), 70.1 for U.S. history and constitution (69.4 last year), and 80.0 for algebra (79.3 last year).
“U.S. history remains a challenge state-wide and in our district,” said Georgetown County School District spokesman Ray White. “Balanced literacy strategies have been implemented in all elementary and middle schools, and with this approach we fully expect our English scores to improve.”
“We also realize that with the loss of budgets we can no longer employ extra teachers who assisted with ELA and math in middle and high schools.”
By Scott Harper
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