CCSD numbers top state average | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 30, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 29, 2017 at 7:44 am
By GEORGE SALSBERRY
It is not often Colleton County School District’s performance numbers top the state average.
That happened recently when the South Carolina Department of Education released its report cards for each school district in the state.
This year’s graduation rate of 86.5 percent, School Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster said, “is the highest the district has achieved and slightly higher than the state average.” The state’s graduation rate came in at 84.6 percent.
“As we continue to implement more innovative programs to support our students, we are seeing a decline in the dropout rate,” Foster said.
The effort to increase the graduation rate has been a multi-year effort by school officials. “The increase in our graduation rate from 2014 to 2017 from 76.1 percent to 86.5 percent is attributed to the many initiatives put in place to support our students to become college and career ready,” Foster said.
The district is also seeing improvement in its efforts to reconnect the educational system with the students who left the school district without a diploma.
“The hard work of the staff in the Adult Education Program attributed to an increase in our enrollment there for students working to obtain a GED or high school diploma. They increased their completion rate 90 percent from last year,” he said.
While there has been significant improvement in those areas, Foster added, “a reflection on the report card shows there is still a lot of work to be done on our journey to ensure our students are college and career ready based on the assessments administered by the state as shown in the report card. The staff of the Office of Curriculum and Instruction are working diligently with all instructional staff to maximize teaching and learning opportunities for our students.”
“Report cards play an instrumental role in providing transparency and accountability to parents and the public on the performance of our schools,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “I encourage the public to pay close attention to the important information contained in the report cards so that we can make informed decisions together in the best interest of our students.”
The 2018 report card will be revamped to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the state’s new accountability system. Schools will not be rated for state accountability purposes until fall 2018 when the state will transition to a single accountability system.