There are annual reports that monitor a number of key indicators of the quality of education in the United States broken down by state. Over the last several years, there has been criticism that South Carolina has a poor quality of education and the results have supported that. We looked at two key tracking providers and have some shocking information to report.
Here are some key indicators you need to know:
- South Carolina has 87 school districts, 227 high schools, 13,215 full time teachers and 212,560 enrolled students (16.1 students per teacher in the state).
- The 2014 “School System Quality Ranking” for South Carolina was 47th.
- The 2014 “School Safety Ranking” for South Carolina was 24th.
- Overall ranking of the school systems puts South Carolina at 45th in the nation.
- South Carolina high school graduation rates
- 2010-11 – 67%
- 2011-12 – 67%
- 2012-13 – 67%
- South Carolina graduations rates for children with disabilities
- 2010-11 – 39%
- 2011-12 – 40%
- 2012-13 – 43.2%
ALEC looks at a different set of measurable criteria with a focus on performance and academic gains of low-income students:
There measurable criteria includes:
- State academic standards
- School choice programs
- Teacher quality
- Online learning
- Home school regulation burdens
Based on all these criteria, the NAEP – National Assessment of Educational Progress ranks South Carolina 51st (last) in the United States for low-income students education.
- State Academic Standards – D+
- Home School Regulations Burden – C
- Private School Choice Programs – B
- Teacher Quality and Policies – C-
- Digital Learning – C
Performance Results for Low-income students in South Carolina
NAEP Schools – 2003 / 2013 Comparisons