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Preparing for Success

Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

Purpose of Indicator

To determine if students in a school are meeting state standards in the Science AND to help understand if schools are preparing students for success in critical areas.

What This Means

Overall, how students in a school are doing in Science compared to state standards.

What makes up the Rating for this indicator?

Test scores on SC PASS tests given to students in grades 3-8 at the end of a school year in Science; End-of-Course grades in Biology, U.S. History and the Constitution.

What is measured in this indicator but not included in the Rating OR potential Influencer metrics?

For Elementary Schools:

  • The number and percentage of students entering Kindergarten ready to learn
  • The percentage of 2nd graders on track for 3rd grade success in Reading and Math.

For High Schools:

  • The percentage of students passing a Civics Test.

Something To Think About

Are students entering Kindergarten in the school ready for learning? Although not factored into the rating for this indicator, Kindergarten Readiness will be reported on Elementary School Report Cards.


Key Message

State end-of-year tests are designed to measure if students are on grade level. Ratings for this indicator are based on how many students in a school are achieving grade level success in Science. Additionally, while not factored into the rating for this indicator, Kindergarten Readiness shows the percentage of kindergarten students who are “ready to learn” during the first 45 days of school.