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School board to hear about new accountability system

Posted: October 2, 2017 3:57 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD), along with all others in the state, has to learn about yet another accountability system put in place by the state of South Carolina. The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will hear a report about the new system during its meeting tonight.

According to material attached to tonight’s proposed agenda, the S.C. Education Oversight Committee recently adopted the new accountability structure. It did so in response to a S.C. General Assembly mandate to merge state and federal accountability systems in order to meet the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The new system will rate individual schools only, not districts.

In the presentation attached to the agenda, KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan indicates several issues with the new system, including the opinion that it requires more overall testing than federal requirements and that 30 percent of all schools will always be rated Below Average or Unsatisfactory.

Also on tonight’ agenda:

• The board will acknowledge students earning perfect scores on the 2017 S.C. State Test.

• KCSD Director of Assessment Lavoy Carter will report on the district’s 2016-17 graduation rate.

• The board will hear an update on referenda-approved construction projects.

• Trustee Todd McDonald will report on further activities of the board and Kershaw County Council’s joint committee on population growth and school resource officer funding.

• The board will enter a closed-door session to discuss undisclosed employment matters and a legal matter concerning a contractual agreement with the county.

Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the board room at the KCSD offices, 2029 West DeKalb St. in Camden, and is open to the public.

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