On September 1, the State Department of Education released its 2020-2021 report card, a summary of exam scores, graduation rates, and school conditions in 80 South Carolina public school districts.
SC Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman warned August 31 that officials expected results to be skewed due to prolonged closure and loss of classroom learning time last year.
The following statement below is on all district and school report cards.
Note on missing data: On March 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education waived federal accountability requirements and granted flexibility in administering assessments due to COVID-19. The results displayed within this report card should not be compared to those of other years due to the testing limitations as a result of the pandemic. In addition, these results may be incomplete and may not be representative of the make-up of the State, district, or school population.
COVID definitely has had and continues to have an impact on student performance on state assessments.
Dillon District Four posted a graduation rate of 84.3%, and for the fourth consecutive year outpaced the state average which in 2021 was 83.3%
But the district fell behind on SC Ready assessments, the state’s annual math and English/language arts test for students in grades 3 through 8. English I and Algebra I also fell behind the state.
Assessments were waived in 2020 due to the pandemic.
District Four will continue to offer summer academic programs for K-12 grade students. Teachers and School Leaders are committed to using data to enhance teaching and learning for our students.
Latta School District
The Latta School district is still assessing its report card information for possible corrections. The updated information will be shared with the Trustees at its September 14 meeting and then be available for the public.