DCSD student performance on 2018 SC PASS, SC READY increases over 2017

DARLINGTON, S.C. – The S.C. Department of Education released this week the results of the 2018 S.C. Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SC PASS) and 2018 S.C. College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY).

Darlington County School District (DCSD) students who were tested mostly performed better in 2018 compared to 2017. However, the district still has work to do, according to Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman, who took over as superintendent on June 1.

“While I am pleased we’ve improved in most areas, it is clear we still have a long way to go,” Newman said. “We want our students to be successful, and we are committed to giving them the tools and education they need to do so.”

Students in fourth through eight grades are required to take the SCPASS unless they qualify to take the S.C. Alternative Assessment. SCPASS measures student performance on the South Carolina Academic Standards in science and social studies. Students take the science or social studies once each every other year. SCPASS science test scores translate into four main classifications: “does not meet expectations,” “approaches expectations,” “meets expectations” or “exceeds expectations.” SCPASS Social Studies test scores translate into three main classifications: “not met,” “met” or “exemplary.”

DCSD’s 2018 SCPASS scores indicate that more students performed well on the state Science and Social Studies standards in every category but one than in 2017.


The S.C. Department of Education also released this week results of the 2018 SC READY tests, which measures students’ performance on the state’s ELA and Mathematics standards. Students in third through eighth grades are required to take SC READY unless they qualify to take the S.C. Alternative Assessment. SC READY test scores translate similarly to SC PASS Science scores with four main classifications.

More DCSD students performed well on the ELA and Mathematics standards in 2018 than in 2017 in all but three categories.


While the district did see many improvements over last year’s scores on these tests, Superintendent Newman said the district is committed to continual improvements and has a clear plan in place to do so.

“I believe the potential in the Darlington County School District is much greater than we are currently showing with these statewide assessments,” Newman said. “Our planning for this school year comprises goals and objectives, including professional development, to improve student achievement in all areas. We believe by focusing on student achievement on a more regular basis throughout the year, we will have a better barometer to measure every student’s progress and address problem areas as they arise.”

Author: Stephan Drew

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