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S.C. School Report Cards released
The 2019 S.C. School Report Cards are now available for parents, employees, community members and others to view at: SCReportCards.com.
Schools receive descriptive overall ratings of Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and Unsatisfactory, based on a 100-point scale. Schools also receive ratings on seven out of the 10 key report card indicators, which contain information about schools and districts on how well students performed on state and national assessments, student growth, graduation rates, English language proficiency, student engagement, safety, classroom learning environments and more. School districts and primary schools are not rated.
The report cards are intended to provide parents, community members and others with the tools to understand schools, according to the S.C. Education Oversight Committee, which worked with the S.C. Department of Education to develop the state’s accountability system for public schools.
As you review the report card for your child’s school, district and school administrators want you to know that we strive for continuous improvement. Our educators use data to reflect on our areas of strength and to identify needed areas of improvement. We pride ourselves on building a culture that promotes data literacy, which is the ability to gather, interpret and use multiple data sources effectively to improve student learning. Making data-informed decisions is one of five Principal Practices, which, along with our Core Values and Universal Goals, provide the foundation for our Pathway to Premier Strategic Plan. Riclhand Two applauds our teachers and instructional leaders for using data to improve teaching and learning with a sense of urgency.
Results from state standardized tests, which are included in the report cards, provide one source of data for Richland Two teachers and administrators. Our use of data for continuous improvement, however, relies on data from multiple sources. For example, Richland Two is in the third year of implementing benchmark assessments, which are tests given throughout the year to evaluate student knowledge and skills on a specified set of standards. Participating elementary and middle school students take the benchmark assessments three times per year. High school students take them twice for semester courses and three times for year-long courses. Teachers use the results from these assessments to make instructional decisions and address individual student learning needs.
The work of our teachers, students, administrators and parents continues to move Richland Two in the right direction along the pathway to premier. From 2018 to 2019, our district saw an increase in the number of schools receiving overall ratings of Excellent and Good and a decrease in Average, Below Average and Unsatisfactory ratings.
After reviewing the report card for your child’s school, please contact your child’s principal if you have questions about the information reported. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about how your child’s school is developing global citizens of tomorrow — citizens who are prepared to lead and excel in their chosen pathway.