Charleston County students making gains, test scores show

Students are rebounding after years of pandemic learning loss, according to the latest test results
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 5:05 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2022 at 5:40 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Students in the Charleston County School District are rebounding after years of pandemic learning loss, according to new end-of-year test results recently released.

The End-of-Course Examination Program results show a huge spike in scores from last year in most cases and a boost to pre-pandemic scores in others.

The program tests middle and high school students taking English 2, biology, algebra 1 and U.S. History. In all of those categories, district students outperformed state averages, but it’s the algebra scores that saw the biggest gains.

The number of students earning a C or better shot up 10 percent to 57 percent. That’s also a 7 percent boost since 2018.

Superintendent Don Kennedy released a statement that read in part:

These results are more proof of the excellent work happening in our classrooms. We aren’t where we want to be as a system, but we recognize our teachers are committed to both excellence and setting high expectations, and our students are responding.

Biology and history scores posted gains last year as well, but they’re still down from pre-pandemic levels. English scores dipped slightly but the data only goes back one year and the state as a whole dropped significantly on that test.

The school board meeting was getting underway at 4 p.m. Monday after which additional details were expected to be released.