SC schools show improvement on state report cards

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WMBF) - More of South Carolina's public schools and districts received "excellent" ratings again this year, as test scores and the graduation rate improved.

The state Department of Education released data Friday showing that 50 of the state's 82 districts achieved the top two ratings of "excellent" or "good" on 2013 state report cards. That compares to 42 last year.

Darlington School District takes the top spot in our area, ranking number six in the state. Dillon, Georgetown and Florence 1 were all ranked excellent, and are in the top 30 in South Carolina.

Florence 5 and Horry County ranked in the low thirties, and the rest of Florence's districts, as well as Marion, Dillon and Marlboro finished out the list. The only two Below Average schools in the area are Marlboro and Florence 4. There were no "At Risk" school districts in our area this year.

The top tiers showed only slight improvement when broken down by schools. Five additional schools received an "excellent," while two fewer schools rated "good." In the bottom tier, 14 schools are no longer considered "at risk."

Several area school districts improved their ratings: Dillon 4 went from At Risk to Average, Florence 4 and Marlboro went from At Risk to Below Average, and Dillon 3 went from Average to Excellent.

Three Florence districts declined, however: Florence 5 dropped from Excellent to Good, and Florence 2 and 3 both went from Good to Average.

View complete 2013 State Report Cards for every district and school in the state here:

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