High school graduation rates in South Carolina inched up over last year.
The 80.3 percent graduation rate announced Wednesday was a slight improvement over 80.1 percent in 2014.
“It’s something that our schools have been working on,” South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman told South Carolina Radio Network. “And it’s not something just in the high school, because that whole graduation rate is something that every teacher is involved with from the time the child arrives at school until the time they graduate.”
The report cards provide a progress report on how schools and districts are performing on the World Class Knowledge, Skills and Characteristics outlined in the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. The knowledge and skills are reported through test score measures that indicate readiness for college using the ACT and readiness for careers using WorkKeys. The ACT Aspire tests in grades 3-8 are also designed to show student readiness for the college entrance tests they will ultimately take in high school.
“What we’re focusing on is making school a place where students can see the relevance of graduating,” Spearman said.
Under a 2014 law, report card ratings for both districts and schools are suspended for two years while the state revamps its standards and process. The law was passed after parents criticized the previous Common Core-aligned standards South Carolina adopted in 2010.
Districts and schools will once again receive report cards under a new accountability system for the 2016-17 school year, which will be released in the fall of 2017. The proposal for the new accountability system is due to the legislature by fall 2016.