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Education: Pass rate on exit exams falls at Waccamaw High

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

The number of Waccamaw High sophomores who passed the spring exit exams in English and math dropped this year, although the pass rate remained above the district and state averages.

Of the 189 Waccamaw students who took the test, 86.2 percent passed. That was down from 89.4 percent in 2010. Students must pass the exams in order to graduate.

This year, 93.1 percent of sophomores passed the English exam and 86.8 percent passed the math exam. In Georgetown County, the pass rate was 88.3 percent in English and 76.9 percent in math. In the state the respective rates were 88.6 and 81.2 percent.

“Mathematics remains more challenging,” said Patti Hammel, the district director of student performance.

The district has made a push in reading. Its pass rate for English was up 2.6 percent from 2010. But the pass rate for math dropped by 8.6 percent.

Those changes were reflected around the state, where Superintendent Mick Zais called for “a personalized and customized education in grades K-8 so students are prepared for rigorous high school courses.”

“We continue to examine all data for students and work to ensure that course work meets each student’s needs,” Hammel said.

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