HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - While the results of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards test show Horry County students have room for improvement, the superintendent says the test is outdated.
Some of the results released Tuesday, show 29 percent of eighth-graders did not meet the minimum standards in math and 22 percent of third-graders did not meet the minimum standards in math.
Statewide, those numbers are even worse.
While this may mean Horry County schools are doing better than others, it's nothing to brag about when other results show nearly one in five Horry County third-graders are falling behind in English.
Over the years, there's been contention that the multiple choice test didn't truly reflect what students actually know. So, state leaders got rid of PASS testing last spring. With Common Core being implemented into schools, state educators are now searching for a new state standardized test.
"We don't know what the assessment is, and that's a very strange phenomenon that we are teaching now toward standards in a test that we really don't know what they are. It's like aiming for a target that you can't see," said Dr. Cindy Elsberry, the superintendent for Horry County Schools. She agrees with the decision to end PASS testing, saying it isn't an accurate measure for learning.
Elsberry believes MAP, the Measures of Academic Progress, is a better, more individualized assessment.
"We do MAP in the spring, so we know where they are. We do [MAP] in the fall, and again in the winter, so that's our consistency and that's how we can tell how a child grows in a year's time," she said.
You can check out all the results from the 2014 spring PASS test by clicking here: http://ed.sc.gov/data/pass/2014/