Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Number of students attending excellent/good rated schools grows, at-risk schools drops, graduation rate improves
According to district report cards released by the South Carolina Department of Education today, the number of Charleston County School District students attending “Excellent/Good” rated schools continues to grow, while the number of students attending “At-Risk” schools decreases.
Since 2010, the district’s graduation rate has risen from 67 percent to 76.9 percent, an increase of almost 10 points in four years. In 2007, 53.1 percent of CCSD schools were rated, “At-Risk/Below Average.” Today, that number is 18.3 percent. In 2007, 30.8 percent of schools were rated “Excellent/Good”. Today, that number is 47.1 percent.
Steady progress is being made in many areas over the past five years. Since 2009, overall graduation rates have increased for Blacks, Hispanics, as well as Free and Reduced lunch Black/Hispanics. With a few exceptions, the increase in consistent across all schools. The graduation rate gap that exists between White and Black/Hispanic students has decreased from 18.2 (Black) and 32.8 (Hispanic) in 2010, to 10.7 (Black) and 13 (Hispanic) in 2013.
“The big takeaway for me is the steady progress we have been making over the past five or six years in an environment with scarce resources and an economy that has been on the mend. We have seen a decline in “At-Risk” schools, our graduation rate continues to improve, and more and more students are attending schools rated “Excellent/Good. This is the first year in recent memory that we didn’t have one single school take a step backward with an “At-Risk” rating and this is a sign that our momentum is building,” said Superintendent McGinley.
Superintendent McGinley added, “There is still a great deal to accomplish.
The lingering achievement gap still persists and while we may be closing it in some areas, the gap is still pervasive in others. Resting on the progress we have made is like quitting 13 miles into a marathon. We have another 13 miles to go and until we can say, we are moving all students to exemplary, and preparing all students for post-secondary careers or the competitive job market – the race must continue.”
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Percentage of Schools Absolute Rating 2007 versus 2013
Excellent 18.5% 34.5%
Good 12.3% 12.6%
Average 16.0% 34.5%
Below Average 25.9% 10.3%
At-Risk 27.2% 8.0%