Research center gives SC education D+ grade

Research center gives SC education D+ grade

SC (WMBF) - According to an annual report, South Carolina received a D+ when it comes to grading education.

The 19th annual edition of Quality Counts, issued by Education Week, incorporates three key indices: the Chance-for-Success Index; K-12 Achievement Index; and the school finance analysis, according to its website.

In its early education analysis, the research center said nearly two-thirds of children between 3 and 6 years of age are attending school in the Palmetto State."Children from the most affluent households have the highest rates of preschool participation."

According to Education Week, the state took the top spot in the nation for kindergarten enrollment. Nearly 84 percent of eligible children are enrolled in kindergarten programs.In South Carolina, about 37 percent of adults have a two- or four-year college degree.

The Chance-for-Success Index captures the importance of education in a person's lifetime from cradle to career.

Its 13 individual indicators span a variety of factors, including preparation in early childhood, the performance of the public schools, and educational and economic outcomes in adulthood.

South Carolina scored a 73.3, according to the report.

The K-12 Achievement Index examines 18 distinct state achievement measures related to reading and math performance, high school graduation rates, and the results of Advanced Placement exams.

South Carolina was given a D grade and ranked 45 in the nation. In comparison, the national average was given a C- grade.

The Palmetto State scored 62.6, according to the Quality Report.

According to the school finance analysis, the study found a $3,863 difference in funding levels between the highest- and lowest-spending districts in the state.

In comparison, SC ranked 32 in the nation and was given a C- grade.

To review the entire study, click here. (Warning: PDF file)

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