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KCSD earns ‘Excellent’ Absolute rating on state report card

Tops Midlands for S.C. ratings; third for federal

Posted: November 14, 2014 1:43 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2014 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) earned an “Excellent” Absolute rating on state report cards issued today by the S.C. Department of Education.

“This is wonderful, especially when coupled with our recent news of a ‘B’ on our federal ESEA rating,” KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said. “This is a tremendous return on the dollar. Our schools are producing outstanding results, and I am extremely grateful to the hard work of our students, families, teachers and administrators.”

Compared to other Midlands districts, Kershaw County’s “Excellent” Absolute rating and “Good” Growth ratings are the highest in the region. It’s federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) ratings ranked the district third in the region, only slightly below Lexington/Richland School District 5 and Lexington School District 1.

Ratings formulas based on student achievement levels are set by the state’s Education Oversight Committee, created by the General Assembly to guide implementation of the S.C. Education Accountability Act of 1998. Districts and schools receive Absolute ratings -- Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average or At-Risk -- comparing individual student test scores to a target level of performance.

Growth ratings use the same categories and measure test scores from one year to the next. The district received a “Good” rating on its Growth rating.

All of the KCSD school Absolute ratings issued were Average or above. Eight schools -- ATEC, Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin Middle, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Wateree Elementary -- earned Excellent Absolute ratings. Five schools -- Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden High, Lugoff-Elgin High and Stover Middle -- received Good Absolute ratings. Bethune Elementary, Camden Middle, Jackson, Midway Elementary, North Central Middle and Pine Tree Hill Elementary earned Average Absolute ratings.

Five schools -- ATEC, Camden Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and North Central High -- received Excellent Growth ratings.

Four schools -- Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and Lugoff-Elgin Middle -- improved their Absolute ratings. Six schools -- ATEC, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Wateree Elementary -- improved their Growth ratings.

Title I schools also receive accountability indicators. Five local Title I schools were named Reward Schools for Performance for the third year in a row for being the highest performing Title I schools in the state. These are Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Midway Elementary and Mt. Pisgah Elementary. Doby’s Mill Elementary also earned Reward status this year.

In addition, Mt. Pisgah Elementary was named a Reward School for Progress because it demonstrated “the most substantial progress in either the ‘all students’ group or in identified subgroups from one school year to the next.”

KCSD had no Title I schools named as Priority Schools for being the lowest performing.

(This information provided by the KCSD.)

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