The Palmetto Insider

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South Carolina Places Last in Academic Gains Among Low-Income Students

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The American Legislative Exchange Council recently released a 2010 report card on American K-12 education.

The report has two major indicators:

1)    Overall performance and performance gains for low-income students over a six-year period

2)    Education reform policies

South Carolina ranks last out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in overall performance and gains.

In contrast, South Carolina ranks 7th in education reform polices due to high grades on: academic standards; removing ineffective teachers and offering multiple online learning policies and programs.

The disparity between reform policies and actual performance indicates that there is room for improvement for South Carolina. What we need is to eliminate existing “reform” policies that aren’t working and keep those polices that are on the right track and show promise for the future.

If only we could get school choice.  Florida, which has perhaps the nation’s most robust school choice program, ranked 3rd in performance and performance gains and 1st in education reform polices on ALEC’s study.

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Written by Simon Wong

October 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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  1. […] Carolina’s K-8 schools are in even worse shape. South Carolina is last in the nation in terms of combined NCEA 4th and 8th grade overall scores and growth over the last six […]


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