HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The 2014 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, referred to as the federal report card, gave each school and district in South Carolina a score based on test scores, attendance and graduation rates.
South Carolina earned a "B" on the report card with a score of 85.4. The state graduation rate grew one point higher to 75.1 from the 2012-2013 school year.
Horry County was just seven-tenths of one point away from an "A" and scored better than the state average with a score of 89.3. Early College High School in Horry County scored higher than any other school in the state and earned a score of 99.6.
Florence 1 scored the highest in the Pee Dee in 2014 with a score of 86 resulting in a "B."
"We're making progress and heading in the right direction in our elementary and high schools," said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais. "There are some districts and schools that are knocking it out of the park."
Florence 3 improved from their 2013 score of 57.6 "F" to 67.1 "D," while Florence 4 had one of the biggest drops in the state with a score of 17.6 "F" for 2014.
Dr. Zais said he will support creating a Transformation School District that would take over the budgets of schools that fail three years in a row.
"I urge the General Assembly to pass legislation establishing a Transformation School District in South Carolina, modeled after the South Carolina Public Charter School District, so all students, regardless of where they live, receive the education they deserve," Dr. Zais said.
The Darlington County School District dropped a letter grade to a "C" with a numerical grade of 79.1. For the 2012-213 school year, Darlington County scored a "B" with a numerical grade of 88.7.
Darlington County was one of six school districts to receive a "C" in the Pee Dee and Florence 5 earned a total score of 78.7 "C" for the 2013-2014 school year. Marion and Florence 3 each earned a "D" after earning a "F" for the previous school years while Marlboro, Williamsburg and Florence 4 earned a "F" for 2013-2014.
Dr. Zais encouraged parents of middle school students to address concerns of failing schools with principals and school board members.
"While the majority of districts and schools are meeting or exceeding the state's expectations, 10 districts and a larger number of schools received a grade of F. This is simply unacceptable," said Dr. Zais.
Florence 2 dropped 10 points from the previous school year with a score of 73.6. Dillon 3 and Dillon 4 both received a "C" letter grade with a score of 77.6 for Dillon 3 and 70.9 for Dillon 4.