The State Educational Oversight Committee’s new progress report for South Carolina shows that there is “no significant, consistent progress in most educational areas” for K-12 on the average.
Those are the words of the committee created to measure and report on the state of education. Barbara Hairfield of Charleston County School District, EOC vice chairman says “The bottom line is unless we change our current path, students in only 36 percent of our schools are going to reach the 2020 vision in reading. Regarding the graduation rate, students in only one-third of our high schools will have a high school graduation rate of 88.3 percent by 2020.”
The committee appointed by the governor and legislature set statewide goals to be reached the year 2020. The benchmarks are in reading, graduation, post-high school preparedness and numbers of schools considered “at risk.”
Now, South Carolina is 39th in the nation in reading as measured at the 4th grade and 8th grade levels.
AUDIO: EOC Vice Chair Hairfield says certain subgroups are having a harder time in the reading areas (:20)
The Education Oversight Committee was created to measure the state’s education quality and report to lawmakers. House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham (R-Lexington) chairs the Public Education budgeting subcommittee.
AUDIO: He says it is going to take all agencies involved to improve these education numbers (:20)
Total Comfort CEO Jim Reynolds is the chairman of the State Chamber of Commerce. Reynolds says the states education interests must address this together.
AUDIO: Reynolds agrees that the states education interests must address this together (:26)
Reynolds says industry leaders he works with are concerned about the quality of the workforce —- even 40 years from now. “The advantage of South Carolina is that we are a small, poor state…we can get everybody in one room and decide what we are going to do and make it happen, Reynolds told EOC leaders Monday.