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SC Shows Improvement on Federal Report Cards

SC Shows Improvement on Federal Report Cards

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Today, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais commended school districts and schools for improvements shown on the state's federal report card.   

“We're making progress and heading in the right direction in our elementary and high schools,” said Zais. “There are some districts and schools that are knocking it out of the park. Some of the state's highest performing districts and schools, also have high poverty. They have proven that a ZIP code should not determine a student's destiny, and that poor children can learn.

“I am concerned about the performance declines in our middle schools. I encourage parents of middle school children to address their concerns with principals and their school board members. The stellar improvements shown in our high schools in this report card serve as a model for what can be achieved.

“While the majority of districts and schools are meeting or exceeding the state's expectations, 10 districts and a larger number of schools received a grade of F. This is simply unacceptable. I support establishing a statewide Transformation School District to improve the schools in these failing districts. Similar districts have been established in other states, with great success. If a school fails three years in a row, the Transformation District could assume control of the school and the dollars that support these students.

“I urge the General Assembly to pass legislation establishing a Transformation School District in South Carolina, modeled after the South Carolina Public Charter School District, so all students, regardless of where they live, receive the education they deserve,” stated Zais.

Sixty-two of 82 districts (76 percent) and 919 of 1,136 schools (81 percent) met or exceeded the state expectations by obtaining a total composite score of 70 or above on a scale of 0-100. They received a grade of A, B, or C.

“I want to recognize the 11 South Carolina districts that received grades of A, because they serve as examples of educational excellence for the rest of our state,” said Zais.

“For the past three years, we have used poverty levels from U.S. Census data to predict the performance of every school district in the state. This year, several of these A districts beat predicted grades, demonstrating that while poverty is a factor, poor kids can learn,” concluded Zais.


All South Carolina school district grades.


Charleston County



                 
Overall Weighted Points Total 84.9

 
Overall Grade Conversion

 B

 
  
Points Total - Elementary Grades 87.1

 
Points Total - Middle Grades
 81.8

 
Points Total - High School Grades

 86.8

 
Berkeley County
                 
Overall Weighted Points Total
 85.6

 
Overall Grade Conversion
 B

 
  
Points Total - Elementary Grades 87

 
Points Total - Middle Grades 83.1

 
Points Total - High School Grades

 88.9

 
Dorchester County 2                  
Overall Weighted Points Total
 92.2

 
Overall Grade Conversion

 A

 
  
Points Total - Elementary Grades
 95

 
Points Total - Middle Grades
 89.6

 
Points Total - High School Grades

 91.6

 
Dorchester County 4
               
Overall Weighted Points Total

 78.7

 
Overall Grade Conversion

 C

 
   
Points Total - Elementary Grades

 80.1

 
Points Total - Middle Grades

 73.7

 
Points Total - High School Grades

 88.9

 
Colleton County
                 
Overall Weighted Points Total

 67.3

 
Overall Grade Conversion

 D

 
  
Points Total - Elementary Grades

 71.1

 
Points Total - Middle Grades

 62.1

 
Points Total - High School Grades

 73.4

 
Georgetown County
                 
Overall Weighted Points Total

 79.4

 
Overall Grade Conversion

 C

 
  
Points Total - Elementary Grades

 82.5

 
Points Total - Middle Grades

 76.1

 
Points Total - High School Grades

 80.8

 
Williamsburg County
              
Overall Weighted Points Total

 53.9

 
Overall Grade Conversion

 F

 
  
Points Total - Elementary Grades

 60.7

 
Points Total - Middle Grades

 42.2

 

Points Total - High School Grades


The method used to calculate the 2014 Federal report card was modified by the South Carolina Department of Education in the spring and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Updates to the calculations include:

• Grades will not be calculated for new schools until the new school has been in operation for two years.

• The calculation of grades for reconstituted schools will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

• The “All Students” group has no minimum “N” size to be included in the calculation of a grade.

• End of course test results used in the grade calculation are from the current school year (September through August), rather than using lagged test results from the previous school year.

• The graduation rate used in the high school grade calculation is from the current school year (2014 cohort), rather than using a lagged graduation rate from the previous school year.

• Scores for special needs students are merged with other state assessment scores rather than posted in a separate matrix.



DISTRICT AND SCHOOL GRADING SCALE

 
Score

 Grade

 Description

 
90-100

 A

 Performance substantially exceeds the state's expectations.

 
80-89.9

 B

 Performance exceeds the state's expectations.

 
70-79.9

 C

 Performance meets the state's expectations.

 
60-69.9

 D

 Performance does not meet the state's expectations.

 
Below 60

 F

 Performance is substantially below the state's expectations.
 
 
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