Results were strong for Pickens County School District students on the S.C. exit exam.
The four county high schools, lead by Daniel and Easley, combined for 92.5 percent passing rate for the English portion and 85.3 percent passing for the mathematics portion on the first try in 2012.
At Daniel High School, 94.7 percent passed English and 91 percent passed mathematics. More than 260 students took the test.
At , 93.5 percent passed English and 89.1 percent passed mathematics. More than 410 students took the test.
At Liberty High School, 91.7 percent passed English and 81 percent passed mathematics. Nearly 160 students took the test.
At Pickens High School, 90.4 percent passed English and 78.7 percent passed mathematics. More than 370 students took the test.
Statewide, 80.1 percent of the more than 50,000 students taking the test passed both sections on the first attempt. Nearly 90 percent passed the English/ language arts section. More than 82 percent passed the mathematics portion.
Scores increased in mathematics for every student subgroup except one, but the scores for English-Language Arts declined in every student subgroup.
“English and mathematics are the foundational subjects in education. ... Students must master skills in both subjects to be successful in their lives
after high school. To improve in both areas will require a personalized and customized education in grades K-8 so students are prepared for rigorous high school courses," said State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais in a prepared release.
High school students in South Carolina take the exit exam for the first time in the spring semester of their second year. Students cannot graduate high school in South Carolina without passing the exam.