A study by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis shows that Horry County student’s test scores don’t grow at the rate that they should.
The data, as reported by the New York Times, shows that Horry County Schools test scores grew 4.6 grade levels over five years. The national average is five grade levels.
Neighboring Georgetown County School district grew by 4.5 grade levels over five years.
Charleston County Schools grew by five grade levels over five years.
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The data was gathered from 45 million students across 11,000 school districts, starting in third grade, and used data collected from the 2008-9 school year through the 2014-15 school year, according to the study.
“The Stanford study is over multiple years, and we have not had enough time to look at their methodology or sources of data,” said Horry County Schools spokesperson Lisa Bourcier. “South Carolina has changed assessments several times over the past five years, so tracking growth and progress with changing metrics has been very difficult.”