An increased number of South Carolina’s public schools and districts received “excellent” ratings this year, as test scores and the graduation rate improved. The State Department of Education released data Friday showing that 50 of the state’s 82 districts achieved the top two ratings of “excellent” or “good” on 2013 state report cards.
That compares to 42 last year. Only two school districts received an absolute rating of “at risk.”
Based on student performance on standardized tests and exit exams, the number of schools that received excellent ratings has increased for four years to 400 in the 2012-’13 school year up from 188 in 2008-’09.
The number of at-risk schools statewide has fallen to 47 from 83, and the number of below-average schools fell to 97 from 170 five years ago.
Statewide, the on-time graduation rate improved to 77.5 percent, up 2.6 percentage points from last year’s numbers.