Recently, at a Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island class, we had the honor of hearing Valerie Truesdale, our Beaufort County superintendent of schools, and were we impressed. I am writing because so often we hear that South Carolina education is far below national rankings. I would like to highlight our successes.
Most people are not aware that student testing is determined by individual states, not the federal government. Thus, states can make the test as easy as they wish in order to make it appear that their schools are superior. South Carolina chooses to set its testing at one of the highest levels in the nation. As the superintendent said, "We are continually striving." So when you look at the national rankings, be aware they are not "apples to apples."
Some examples of our success are:
We are doing well.
John GoffHilton Head Island