LCSD 55 Releases 2021-2022 School Report Card Data 

October 29, 2022

Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) seeks to empower, inspire, educate, and inform students, staff, and stakeholders. In the efforts of continued transparency, LCSD 55 is sharing information on the 2021–22 LCSD 55 School Report Card Data released by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee (EOC). 

The Coronavirus-19 pandemic negatively impacted schools and student performance worldwide. The overall data shows that LCSD 55 is back at pre-pandemic performance levels in most areas. It also shows growth in seven schools in LCSD 55 under the Student Progress criteria. 

LCSD 55 administrators, faculty, and staff work diligently to cultivate innovative teaching strategies with standards-based, personalized instruction. LCSD 55 focuses on developing self-directed graduates who are accomplished in 21st-century skills. 

The School Report Card Data for Laurens District High School (LDHS) greatly reflects LCSD 55’s commitment to helping all students develop the World-Class Skills of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. The End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP), which is administered for English II, Algebra I, Biology, and US History & Constitution, shows LCSD 55 students’ growth in English II, Algebra I, and Biology. Data indicates more growth at the district level than at the state level. The On-Time Graduation Rate is at 80.0%, which is very close to the state’s average of 83.8%. Based on the Career Readiness Assessment, 75.5% of LDHS students who were tested are career-ready. This assessment indicates the skill requirements of profiled jobs. LDHS students who received a Ready to Work gold certificate (demonstrates 99% job-required skills) on the Career Readiness Assessment are only .3% below the state’s average. Scores from the SAT, a standardized test often used in the college admissions process, show that LDHS students’ average scores in Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing are at 93% of the average state SAT scores. The Dual Enrollment data shows almost a third of LDHS students obtain college credit while in high school. Dual Enrollment is a measure that provides the percentage of students in 11th and 12th grade enrolled in dual credit/dual enrollment classes during the school year who obtain a grade that provides college credit. LCSD 55’s data also shows an increase in the percentage of students from the prior year’s graduating class enrolled in a two-year or four-year college or technical college pursuing an associates degree, certificate, or diploma in the Fall following graduation. 

The district’s overall Student Performance on Academic Achievement and the School Environment criteria reflect that there’s more work to be done. Based on SC Ready, a statewide assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics for students in third-eighth grades, there is growth across all grade levels in ELA and across all grade 

levels, except 7th grade in mathematics. The data reflects the district’s growth at higher rates than the state. However, LCSD 55 students’ performance is around 17% below the state average for ELA and mathematics. Based on the End-of-Course Assessments Results in English 1 & Algebra 1, LCSD 55 students are 8.1% below the state average. Perceptions of teachers, students and parents on instructional focus, working conditions, safety, and social-physical environment impact the School Environment rating and places LCSD 55 slightly below the state’s average by 1.02%. 

In light of the 2021–22 School Report Card Data, Dr. Ameca C. Thomas, LCSD 55 Superintendent states, “We are pleased to see gains indicative of moving in the right direction; however, the data also points out that we still have a lot of work to do. While we celebrate the rebound of growth and progress in specific areas amid the challenges brought about by living through a global pandemic, we acknowledge that we are by no means where we want to be. We are laser-focused on data, recruitment and retention, professional development, and high-quality instruction. We are working with a sense of urgency to reach our goals and for all students to reach college and career readiness. We must also continue to focus on the areas of improvement to ensure progress for every child, every chance, every day.”