Anderson One officials see “significant” improvement in EOC assessments

Billy Cannada Staff Writer

October 6, 2013

WILLIAMSTON – Annual End of Course (EOC) scores were recently release by the State Department of Education, and Anderson School District One officials say students performed well.

Overall scores for Anderson One improved significantly from 2012 to 2013, officials say. Student’s average score in 2013 was 75.3 percent, up from 70.4 in 2012.

District officials say students scored well enough to place the district second in the state on the ELA (English Language Arts) assessment with a score of 82.8 percent, surpassing the state average of 77.9 percent.

“We are pleased that the district average far exceeds the state average for the EOC test,” Anderson One Superintendent David Havird said. “I am particularly pleased with the improvement on the US History exam. Teachers have set higher expectations and raised the rigor in these courses resulting in positive results.”

Jane Harrison, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, said district instructors are not satisfied with the improvement and are always looking for ways to better instruct students.

“Teachers in Anderson One are committed to providing high quality instruction,” Harrison said. “More than ever before, they are collaborating with other teachers of the same subject content across the district to implement new instructional strategies. They are never satisfied with status quo and always looking for ways to improve instruction.”

Anderson One students at the high school—and select students at the middle school— level are required to participate in the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP).

Students are required to take ELA, math, U.S. History and Biology.

The EOCEP is given at the conclusion of the course. The test counts as 20 percent of the student’s final grade.

At the state level, officials say passage rates for all subject areas experienced increases while the average scores for English and Algebra experienced slight declines.

“The credit for the gains in passage rates goes to our students, parents, and teachers,” said State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais. “The End-of-Course assessments provide schools with valuable information on how well students are learning the material in their courses.”

The passage rate and average score for South Carolina students increased in Biology and U.S. History and the Constitution. In Algebra, the passage increased 1.1 percent, but the average score decreased 0.4 points. U.S. History and the Constitution saw the greatest improvements in both percentage of students passing (7.8 percent) and average score (1.5 points).

Zais noted the decline in English, even though the passage rate improved.

“Reading must continue to be the focus of our schools as we work to improve student outcomes,” said Zais. “If a student has difficulty reading, it will negatively affect his or her ability to learn any subject material.”