S.C. Department of Education Releases 2017 Report Cards | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 15, 2017 4:32 pm
The South Carolina Department of Education and State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman are pleased to release the 2016-2017 state report cards for South Carolina schools and districts. The 2017 Report Cards can be viewed here.
“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.”
New to the 2017 report card is the added functionality of directly comparing data and performance for up to three schools or school districts and the ability to print in a more comprehensive, easy to read format.
Report cards are designed to provide a progress report on how schools and districts are performing on the World Class Knowledge, Skills and Characteristics outlined in the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate and are reported through test score measures that indicate readiness for college using the ACT, SAT, End of Course Tests, and readiness for careers using WorkKeys. Elementary and middle school progress is shown through student performance on the SC READY assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics and SC PASS assessments for Science and Social Studies. South Carolina’s four year graduation rate has climbed to 84.6 percent, an all time high and a two percent increase over the previous year.
The report cards also highlight a multitude of opportunities provided to students at each grade level , which include: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Dual Credit participation. Report cards also provide vital information to the business community by showing the number of students enrolled in Career and Technical courses, number of students who have earned an industry certification, and students who participated in an apprenticeship or work based learning opportunity.
The 2018 report card will be revamped to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act and our 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.
Members of the public that wish to provide feedback on the report cards can do so by emailing the Department at email@example.com.