Conway High School gets F on state's letter grading system

Conway high school gets F on state's letter grading system

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Conway High School has some work to do following the letter grade report from the South Carolina Department of Education.

"Seeing their overall rating going from a B to an F is devastating," says the Horry County spokesperson Teal Britton.

This is the second time the state is using letter grades since switching from the AYP pass/fail system two years ago. They say this system better reflects what's going on in schools. About 70% of the letter grade is made up from how well students do on the High School Assessment Program, the state's exam students must pass in order to graduate.

The other roughly 30% is made up of the actual graduation rate itself and graduation is where district officials say Conway has a problem. Conway had a 68% graduation rate for the 2011/2012 school year and to get a good mark the state requires a 74.1% graduation rate. The district says tracking students from start to finish is a big part of the problem.

"If you don't have documentation on every child as to where they went they are counted as a drop out even if they aren't," says Britton.

It's one reason Britton says Carolina Forest High School has hired someone to solely track and acquire certified documents of student who have left the school, so they don't get hit in the end.

As for HSAP, Conway met or improved in all areas but ultimately, some say when it comes to your child's education it's up to you.

"My personal philosophy is you get you of education what you put in," says Nancy Carle a local parent.

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