SC blames higher goals for school grade drop

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Letter grades for nearly half of South Carolina's school districts dropped during the past school year, but education officials blame more ambitious performance goals rather than poorer achievement by students.

The state Education Department released the report card data Thursday. It shows that 39 of the state's 85 districts went down at least a letter grade this school year. Just eight districts improved by at least a letter grade. Three-quarters of all school districts got a C or better, while eight districts were given an F.

Twenty-one of the state's nearly 1,100 schools went from an A to an F in one year.

Education officials say they set higher goals for the 2012-13 school year compared to the year before.

Other data released Thursday showed 82 percent of South Carolina high school students passed the exit exam on the first try. It is the fourth straight year of improvement.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

Here's a list of the report card grades for districts in our area:

Aiken County: C
Allendale County: D
Bamberg District #1: B
Bamberg District #2: D
Barnwell District #19: F
Barnwell District #45: D
Edgefield County: C
Orangeburg District #3: F
Orangeburg District #4: D
Orangeburg District #5: C

Here's a list of last year's report card grades:

Aiken County: B
Allendale County: F
Bamberg District #1: B
Bamberg District #2: F
Barnwell District #19: F
Barnwell District #45: D
Edgefield County: B
Orangeburg District #3: F
Orangeburg District #4: D
Orangeburg District #5: B


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