Beaufort County School District has improved in the past year, according to the S.C. Department of Education’s new school report cards, with two of the district’s 30 campuses moving out of the “unsatisfactory” rating given to the bottom 10 percent of state schools.
The state rates schools based on students’ scores on standardized tests, English learners’ proficiency, school quality, high school graduation rates and more. The reports released Tuesday measure the results of the 2018-19 school year under interim superintendent Herb Berg.
In the 2018-19 reports for Beaufort County:
Five district schools were rated Excellent, up from three last year.
15 schools were rated Good, up from nine last year.
10 schools were rated Average, down from 12 last year.
Four schools were rated Below Average, half as many as last year’s eight.
No schools were rated Unsatisfactory, an improvement from two last year.
“We’re not where we want to be,” superintendent Frank Rodriguez said in a district press release Tuesday morning. “We want all of our schools to be rated Good or Excellent. But that being said, these are significant improvements, and we’re very proud of our students, their teachers and all of our employees.”
“Our challenge is to continue these improvements and continue to focus on the needs of all of our students.”
The district scored above state averages on end-of-course exams for Algebra, U.S. History and Constitution, Biology and English 1.
District students scored at approximately state averages on Ready 2 Work exams for career and technical education students and SC READY English and math exams for third through eighth-grade students.
The district achieved its highest-ever on-time graduation rate at 86.9 percent, up from the statewide average of 81 percent. 86 percent of Beaufort County students are classified as college or career ready, compared to a state average of 75.3 percent.
|Pritchardville Elementary||Beaufort Elementary||Coosa Elementary||Broad River Elementary|
|Riverview Charter||Bluffton Elementary||Hilton Head Island Elementary||Joseph Shanklin Elementary|
|Bluffton High School||Lady’s Island Elementary||Hilton Head Island School For The Creative Arts||Robert Smalls International Academy (Elementary)|
|May River High School||Michael C. Riley Elementary||Mossy Oaks Elementary||Whale Branch Elementary|
|Okatie Elementary||Port Royal Elementary|
|Red Cedar Elementary||St. Helena Elementary|
|River Ridge Academy||H.E. Mccracken Middle School|
|Beaufort Middle School||Hilton Head Island Middle School|
|Bluffton Middle School||Whale Branch Middle School|
|Lady’s Island Middle School||Battery Creek High School|
|Robert Smalls International Academy (Middle)|
|Beaufort High School|
|Hilton Head Island High School|
|Whale Branch Early College High School|