The SC Department of Education (SCDE) and the SC Education Oversight Committee (EOC) released the 2022 School Report Cards, the first cards to contain ratings since 2019.
The Report Cards, available at www.screportcards.com, reflect data elements and student performance information from the 2021-2022 school year.
Statewide, 20.6 percent of schools received an overall rating of Excellent, consistent with the 2019 percent of schools receiving the highest rating in the state’s education accountability system.
Although SCDE and EOC officials are celebrating the rebound of schools amid the challenges brought about by the pandemic, they stress that there is much work ahead for all students to reach college and career-readiness.
“I commend the effort of South Carolina educators and students,” said EOC Executive Director Matthew Ferguson. “These results beat all expectations of what was thought possible while living through the COVID disruptions.”
State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman noted the quick rebound of schools amid the challenges brought about by the pandemic but stressed the “real challenges” to overcome.
“Though many of the results we see are perhaps expected following the pandemic, we are no less concerned about drops in assessment results and the widening gaps for many of our students. We are encouraged by the growth we see, as we seek to continue the work of ensuring our educational system in South Carolina is preparing all students to be ready for college, careers, and citizenship.”
The cards and ratings are designed to increase accessibility and accountability in South Carolina’s public schools by providing easy-to-understand/use information for families and the general public.
Ferguson pointed out two report card indicators for note. For the first time this year, schools received a rating for School Climate. The measure uses results from the Teacher and Student Climate surveys to measure perceptions of safety, working conditions, and the social-physical environment.
“This is the first time that student and teacher perceptions of school climate are captured in the accountability system,” stated Ferguson. “We know that a positive school climate is highly correlated with increased student outcomes. Surfacing these data in the accountability system will provide schools with the opportunity to take necessary action to make sure that climate is not a barrier to student success or teacher satisfaction.”
The School Report Cards, which are based on South Carolina’s education accountability system, are required for all elementary, middle, and high schools which receive overall ratings based on a 100-point scale.
The ratings follow terms outlined in state law: Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and Unsatisfactory. Schools also receive ratings on various indicators, such as graduation rate, academic achievement, and college and career-readiness.