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School district earns 2nd straight “Excellent” report card rating

  • Friday, November 8, 2013

The Georgetown County School District earned its second consecutive “Excellent” Report Card absolute rating as students showed sustained growth academically.
This is according to the results of the South Carolina Annual School District Report Card released this week by the state Department of Education.
“Georgetown County School District experienced another great year of achievement and progress toward students being college and career ready,” said Patti Hammel, executive director of student performance and federal programs for GCSD.
“On the 2013 Report Card, Carvers Bay High, Georgetown High, Waccamaw High, Waccamaw Middle, Waccamaw Intermediate, and Waccamaw Elementary led the way as each earned an “Excellent” absolute rating. Pleasant Hill Elementary kept pace with its “Good” rating for the 2013 school year.”
Schools that earned an “Average” rating were Andrews High, Rosemary Middle, Georgetown Middle, Carves Bay Middle, Andrews Elementary, Coastal Montessori Charter School, Kensington Elementary, Maryville Elementary, Plantersville Elementary, and Sampit Elementary.
Schools that earned a “Below Average” rating were Browns Ferry Elementary and McDonald Elementary.
Hammel said that GCSD applauds the efforts of Maryville Elementary, Plantersville Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary and Sampit Elementary as they were awarded the honor of earning the “Reward Schools for Performance” — the highest performing Title I Schools in a given year.
“These schools have attained an ‘A’ or ‘B’ for the last two years,” Hammel said.
“These schools do not have a significant achievement gap and serve student populations with poverty levels above 50 percent. It is an honor to be named to this distinguished list of high performing schools.”

PASS testing

On the PASS standardized test, GCSD students who met or scored above their level were 73.4 percent in reading, 70.3 percent in math, 65.9 percent in science, 69.2 percent in social studies, and 70 percent in writing.
This is compared to districts with students like ours that had 76.9 percent in reading, 73.4 percent in math, 72.5 percent in science, 74.7 percent in social studies, and 74 percent in writing.

Graduation rate

Hammel said that Georgetown County School District’s graduation rate of 86.2 percent exhibits an outstanding effort in seeing that its students are prepared for the choices in their career paths.
“We are very thrilled that our diligent efforts have produced outstanding results,” Hammel said.
“We are constantly looking at the ways we engage our students in learning to accelerate their progress. With the tremendous support of our school board, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community members we applaud the great group efforts!  Congratulations for a job well done!”
The public may now view the Comprehensive and Executive Summary State Report Cards for schools and districts at http://ed.sc.gov/data/embargoed/report-cards/2013_3gvw4351za2/.
Graduation rate information is available at this link: http://ed.sc.gov/data/embargoed/report-cards/2013_3gvw4351za2/documents/SC-2013-HIGH-SCHOOL-PERFORMANCE-DATA.xls.

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