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KCSD outperforms state on report card

All elementary, middle schools rated Excellent, Good or Average on state report cards

Posted: November 12, 2010 4:43 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2010 5:00 a.m.

For the first time since implementation of the state report cards in 2001, 100 percent of the Absolute and Growth ratings issued Friday for Kershaw County elementary and middle schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, only 82 percent of schools achieved this level for Absolute ratings and 88 percent for Growth ratings.

 “I am absolutely ecstatic with this news,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan.  “Particularly in a time when we’ve seen shrinking resources, our schools have done an outstanding job to continue to improve student performance. I couldn’t be prouder or more grateful to everyone in the district.”

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

 Ratings formulas based on student achievement levels are set by the Education Oversight Committee created by the General Assembly to guide implementation of South Carolina’s Education Accountability Act of 1998. Elementary and middle schools receive Absolute ratings -- Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average or At-Risk -- based on how their students perform on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS).  

  High school and district report card ratings will be released in January. The federal government now requires states to calculate high school graduation rates in a way that requires schools to submit documentation differently on individual students, and state education officials said that doing this for the first time is requiring additional staff time at the state and local levels.

 The 2010 Absolute results for district schools included six Good and nine Average ratings. Ten local schools maintained their Absolute ratings from last year while four others -- including Baron DeKalb, Blaney, Jackson and Midway elementary -- improved their ratings.

Baron DeKalb Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Lugoff–Elgin Middle and Mt. Pisgah Elementary received Absolute ratings of Good. Schools receiving Average Absolute ratings included Bethune Elementary, Camden Middle, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Jackson, Leslie M. Stover Middle, Midway Elementary, North Central Middle, Pine Tree Hill Elementary and Wateree Elementary. 

Nine schools improved their Growth ratings including Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Leslie M. Stover Middle, Lugoff–Elgin Middle, Midway Elementary, North Central Middle and Wateree Elementary. Lugoff-Elgin Middle earned a Growth rating of Excellent while six schools had Growth ratings of Good and eight schools received an Average Growth rating. 

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

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