South Carolina

South Carolina Targets 44 Schools for Improvement

Charleston Regional Business reports that the South Carolina Department of Education has released “the first list of 44 Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools as required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” The list follows the school report cards that the state’s “education department released...

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South Carolina Districts Express Concern Over New Report Cards

“School districts across the state are raising concerns about the newly-released state report cards,” writes Monica Kreber for The Gazette. “Some local school districts’ concerns stem from new data elements, as well as overall concerns with standardized testing.” The state’s new report cards are based...

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SC Schools to Get Report Cards for 1st Time in Four Years

Ariel Gilreath reports for the Greenville Journal that for “anyone familiar with South Carolina’s annual school and district report cards, this year’s version (to be released this week) will not only look completely different, but will also highlight new data than in previous years.” The...

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South Carolina Holds Public Forum on School Accountability

On May 22, in Charleston County, South Carolina, parents, teachers and others were invited to invited to attend a forum “about how best to hold public schools accountable for educating students” under ESSA. “This forum is directed toward educators, parents and the community at large—anyone...

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SC Local Education Association Hosts ESSA Town Hall Meeting

The Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 Education Association hosted an ESSA town hall meeting that focused on three main areas: 1, reducing class size; 2, reducing state standardized tests; and 3, and providing “wraparound” services for students to meet their social, personal, and mental needs....

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SC Stakeholders Present ESSA Recommendations to State

 In an interview with The T&D, Dr. Tom Newman, superintendent of Orangeburg Consolidated School District Four, said that ESSA “allows states to eliminate ’unnecessary and duplicative assessments’.” Newman and other stakeholders have presented their recommendations to the state, but still have “some serious concerns” about...

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SC Issues Memo to District Superintendents on Plan to Request Waiver

Molly Spearman, SC state superintendent of education issued a memo to district superintendents informing them that SC plans to request a waiver under ESSA that SC’s “assessment system measure the full range of the State’s academic content standards. South Carolina requests this waiver only with...

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