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When a B is really a D

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Education Week has released its annual Quality Counts report, which grades the educational system of each state.

South Carolina scores a B-minus overall, while the national average is a C. But, as Ed. Week acknowledges, scores are based on what weights are assigned to each category.

The most telling score is the state’s D-minus for college readiness.

So, let’s get this straight: South Carolina scores an A in standards, assessment and accountability, but the state can’t prepare students for the end goal toward which virtually the entire public K-12 educational system is geared: graduating and going to college with the idea of getting a good job. This is like going 4-0 in the preseason, but going 0-16 once the season begins. Piecemeal change aimed at improving accountability or testing mechanisms are clearly not working. What is needed is wholescale reform.

To read more about how South Carolina’s school system is failing to prepare kids for college, see this report.


Written by Jameson Taylor

January 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

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