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 2021-22 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.
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.
EOC Executive Director Matthew 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.
Ferguson also discussed Added Value Growth, a student-centered measure that will be included in future accountability systems. The measure, the first of its kind nationally, will focus on rewarding growth that leads to grade level proficiency and preparedness for college and careers, the “ultimate expectation of the accountability system,” according to Ferguson.
Ferguson asserts that the release of the Report Cards presents a tremendous opportunity for parents, families, community leaders, businesspeople, and others to learn what they can do to help students and schools.
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.
Summary of the Overall Ratings and indicators
- Based on a 100-point scale, per state law
- Overall ratings for schools were determined based on SC’s performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2015.
The SC Education Oversight Committee is an independent, non-partisan group made up of 18 educators, business persons, and elected leaders. Created in 1998, the committee is dedicated to reporting facts, measuring change, and promoting progress within South Carolina’s education system.
The mission of the South Carolina Department of Education is to provide leadership and support so that all public education students graduate prepared for success.