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Local schools 'make the grade'

KCSD outperforms state average

Posted: March 17, 2011 3:17 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2011 5:00 a.m.

For the first time since implementation of the state report cards in 2001, 100 percent of the Absolute ratings issued for the Kershaw County School District and all of its schools are Excellent, Good or Average. Statewide, 85 percent of high schools achieved this level for Absolute ratings and 82 percent for elementary and middle schools.

 “I am extremely pleased to see this high level of achievement across all of our schools,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan. “We continue to face challenges with shrinking resources but have not lowered our standards for student performance. My sincere thanks goes to all our students, employees and parents for their continued focus on academic success.”

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. 

Report cards for elementary and middle schools were published in November. High school report cards (and, as a result, district report cards) were delayed until Thursday because of changes in the process used to build the data files that determine high school graduation rates.

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

Kershaw County’s three high schools and the district all received Absolute ratings of Average. 

In addition to state and federal ratings required by EAA and the federal No Child Left Behind Act, report card data also include student-teacher ratios, dollars spent per student, absentee rates for students and teachers, amount of instructional time, average teacher salaries and the socio-economic status of students’ families.

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

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