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KCSD exceeds S.C. average on state report cards

Posted: November 11, 2011 3:57 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.

In a climate where academic performance targets make significant jumps every three years, 94 percent of the Absolute ratings issued today for Kershaw County schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, only 84 percent of schools had Absolute ratings of Average or above.

“I am pleased to see these results,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “I continue to appreciate the fact that reduced resources have not stopped our schools from focusing on making academic gains.”

Morgan said the high level of performance is due to the dedication of teachers and administrators, hard work by students, and a focus on literacy and technology efforts.

Four schools -- Doby’s Mill, Lugoff and Wateree elementary schools, and Leslie M. Stover Middle School -- improved their Absolute ratings from 2010 while 11 schools maintained their Absolute ratings. The district as a whole maintained its Absolute rating of Average.  

Ratings formulas based on student achievement levels are set by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee, created by the General Assembly to guide implementation of South Carolina’s Education Accountability Act of 1998. Schools receive Absolute ratings -- Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average or At-Risk -- that compare individual student test scores from one year to the next.

The 2011 Absolute results for district schools included two Excellent, five Good and 10 Average ratings. Doby’s Mill and Lugoff elementary schools were rated Excellent while Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin Middle, Leslie M. Stover Middle and Wateree Elementary schools received Good Absolute ratings.  

Schools receiving Average Absolute ratings included Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Camden High, Camden Middle, Lugoff-Elgin High, Midway Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High, North Central Middle and Pine Tree Hill Elementary schools.

Three schools improved their Growth ratings including Doby’s Mill and Pine Tree Hill elementary schools and North Central High School. Lugoff-Elgin Middle School earned a Growth rating of Excellent while six schools had Growth ratings of Good and eight schools received an Average Growth rating.

This is the first year that no Kershaw County school received an At Risk rating in either category.

The report card release included graduation rate information. As calculated by the state, Kershaw County’s on-time graduation rate was 73.5 percent as compared to a state average of 73.6 percent. KCSD staff has traditionally done its own graduation rate calculation to include students who earn GEDs and exclude non-diploma special education students. By the local calculation, Kershaw County’s graduation rate is 82 percent for 2011.

(This information was provided by the Kershaw County School District.)


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