ERIC Number: ED314456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Report on the Implementation of the Basic Skills Assessment Program 1987-88.
South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Research.
This document is the annual report on the South Carolina Basic Skills Assessment Program (BSAP) established by legislation in 1978. In 1988, the tests and the monitoring of the instructional components were completed on time. The tests include: (1) first grade readiness; (2) tests for grades 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8; and (3) the Exit Examination required for graduation. In the fall of 1987, the readiness test was administered to 55,712 first-grade public school students. Of these, 75.2% were classified as "ready" to begin formal instruction. In 1988, students in grade 3 performed highest in reading, with 87.2% meeting the standard, while students in grade 8 had the lowest performance, with only 73.6% meeting the standard. Increases from 1981 to 1988 were found for all grades. The percentage of students meeting the mathematics standard ranged from 91% in grade 2 to 70.2% in grade 6. The BSAP Writing Test was given in grades 6 and 8 and as part of the Exit Examination. Since 1983, the percentage of students passing has increased for all three grades. During the 1987-88 school year, the Basic Skills Section monitored 189 schools in 32 districts, finding that 178 met all requirements of the BSAP and South Carolina Education Improvement Act of 1984. Fifteen bar graphs give data on student achievement. Ten appendices provide information about test results. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Basic Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Exit Examinations, Graduation Requirements, Mathematics Tests, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, Reading Tests, School Readiness, Standardized Tests, State Programs, Test Results, Testing Programs, Writing Evaluation
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Research.