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School and district report cards released

South Carolina - The 2017 South Carolina district and school report cards have been released with a new look. The intent of the report cards is to capture district and school progress towards the indicators of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. The report cards include four components: Overview, Knowledge, Outcomes, and Opportunities. There are no current “ratings” included for the 2017 report cards. However, past year ratings for 2012, 2013, and 2014 are included on both district and school report cards.

The overview section includes basic school or district information and provides a message from the principal or superintendent, in conjunction with School Improvement Council chairs and district Board of Trustees chairs regarding the current progress of the school or district. Current data from the spring 2017 state standardized testing is included in the knowledge section, which is intended to demonstrate how students are progressing towards the World Class Knowledge outlined in the Profile of the SC Graduate. The outcomes section is included on high school and district report cards to provide information on the graduation rate, students entering two and four-year colleges, and percentage of students receiving LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarships. For Batesburg-Leesville High School, there was a slight increase in the 2017 graduation rate to 89.8 percent, above the South Carolina average. South Carolina's four year graduation rate is 84.6 percent, an all time high. Finally, the opportunities section includes a variety of data including student attendance, course opportunities, as well as information on access to technology and other resources in the school.

The 2018 report card will be revamped to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act and our state’s new accountability system. Schools will not be rated for state accountability purposes until Fall 2018 when the state will transition to a single accountability system.

The 2017 report cards can be viewed by visiting: https://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/state-report-cards/2017/.

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