Why you Should Be Concerned About South Carolina Schools

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A new report shows that South Carolina schools are struggling in the midst of the Covid pandemic. Read the full report here.

  • 42.6% of students met or exceeded performance standards in English Language Arts
  • 37.3% of students met or exceeded performance standards in Mathematics
  • 63% of students earned a C or higher in English classes
  • 46.8% of students earned a C or higher in Algebra classes
  • Third graders in South Carolina meeting or exceeding their grade-level expectations in math dropped 10.8 percent.
  • Graduation rates improved but almost 17% of South Carolina students do not graduate. Nationally, 88% of students graduate from high school

State Officials Address the South Carolina Department of Education Report Card

“The state assessment results reflected on the 2021 report cards confirm the alarming trends we have observed from locally administered formative assessments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman in a news release. “These achievement gaps, particularly amongst our youngest learners, demonstrate just how much learning has been disrupted and how important it is for every student to be face to face with their teacher every day. Fortunately, every school and district has been equipped with the tools to track and respond to unfinished learning long before the release of these results and have already begun to deploy resources and programs to address individual student needs and overall academic achievement.”

“I am very very concerned with the results,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “As you can see if you look deeply, our students, particularly our younger students who this was their first time taking a summative assessment, our third graders, they did not show as much growth as we had hoped and had been shown in previous years.”

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