Despite improving test scores in South Carolina, the state’s elementary and middle schools are lacking in federal education goals. South Carolina has 908 elementary and middle schools, only 27 percent of them have what is considered “adequate yearly progress.”
The Associated Press reports federal goals under the “No Child Left Behind” law became tougher-causing the state’s school goals to tumble. State Superintendent Mick Zais says the new figures demoralize and discourage educators in the state who are working hard to get students up to par with the goals. He says there are 37 different benchmarks, and some schools only miss a few of the marks-yet are deemed to be failing schools.