SC schools dept. announces test's new name

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - The standardized test taken by South Carolina's grade-school students has a new name - Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, or PASS.

Legislators earlier this year passed a law eliminating the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Tests and replacing them with new tests that give more timely and detailed information.

The state Education Department said in a news release Wednesday that the name PASS got 1,610 votes, edging out STARS - State Test of Achievement and Readiness for Success - with got 1,432 votes.

The department says more than 6,000 people voted in the online poll, which ended Monday. Voters had a choice among five finalists.

Public school students in grades three through eight will begin taking the new test in the spring. Results are used to measure student progress.


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