Annually students in grades three through eight participate in state assessments for the content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, and science. These assessments measure a student’s mastery level of grade level standards. The test administered for English Language Arts and mathematics is the South Carolina College-and-Career Readiness Assessment (SCREADY) while the South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) assesses science. The SCPASS is given to students in grades four and six only.
• Overall, there was positive growth between the school years 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 in all content areas as indicated in Figure 1.1. The data indicates English Language Arts experienced 5.49%, mathematics 2.81%, and science 6.18% of growth. This growth can be attributed to the initiatives implemented during 2021-2022 school year. Those initiatives include but not limited to refining professional learning communities (PLCs), the implementation of a reading curriculum in kindergarten through grade five, an increase of focused professional learning opportunities for all staff and focused leadership development.
• There is positive progress for both ELA and Math in grades three, five, six, seven, and eight when comparing the percentages of students scoring meeting or exceeding expectations from the 2021-2022 school year to the 2020-2021 school year as indicated in Figure 1.1.
• While progress can be noted in English Language Arts in grade four, regression was seen in mathematics and science between the 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 school years as indicated in Figure 1.1.
• When comparing the achievement performance of Colleton County School District students versus their grade level peers across the state, while we have made progress one can determine that our students are still not performing at the level of their peers across the state as indicated in Figure 1.1 and 1.2.
• One can compare the growth between the 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 school years for both the district and the state. It should be noted in this comparison, students in grades six, seven and eight had more growth than their grade level peers across the state as indicated in Figure 1.3.
• When looking at the percentage of students scoring meeting and exceeding between the school years 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 in Figure 1.1, the following points can be made about each school location:
o Bells Elementary, Hendersonville Elementary, and Colleton County Middle School saw positive growth for all grade levels and in all content areas.
o Cottageville Elementary demonstrated positive growth in all grade levels for mathematics and science along with third grade English Language Arts.
o Forest Hills Elementary noted positive growth for fourth and fifth grade English Language Arts along with third and fifth grade mathematics.
o Positive growth can be noted at Northside Elementary for fifth grade English Language Arts along with third and fifth grade mathematics.
District staff has utilized the data trends to inform the decision-making process in regards to student learning and the 2022-2023 school year. Schools will continue to implement the initiatives from the 2021-2022 school year along with implementing new innovative practices so that we can meet the needs of all students. Some of the innovative practices that will be implemented during the 2022-2023 school year are ArtsNow, STEM, Coding for the Littles, Focus on Culturally Responsive Teaching, the continued implementation of a reading curriculum for kindergarten through grade five, and the implementation of a mathematics and reading curriculum for grades six through eight.