Horry County Schools mirrored the state on the 2014 Federal report card, scoring a “B” overall and inching closer to the “A” rating, according to the S.C. Department of Education.
Horry County Schools scored an 89.3 on the report, beating out the overall state score of 85.4. A score of 80-89.9 represents a “B” grade, which means the district’s performance exceeds the state’s expectations.
Horry’s overall elementary and middle school scores are better than the state average, according to the report. Horry County schools scored 94.3 in elementary grades, while the state’s average is 87.9; Middle schools reached 85.2, and the state scored 82.3 on average.
High school scores across the state averaged 87.3, beating out Horry’s score by just a fraction – Horry County pulled in an 87.1 – but graduation rates among all students were the same.
“In an era of high stakes accountability, we are thrilled to see gains in elementary and high schools and to maintain our high ‘B’ as a district,” said Teal Harding, Horry County Schools spokeswoman.
Horry County Schools’ Early College High School was the highest-rated high school in South Carolina, earning a high “A” with an index rating of 99.6.
Last year Horry County Schools scored an 89.8, but elementary schools earned a 94.3 this year, earning an “A.” High schools improved from a “C” to a “B,” but middle schools slipped a letter grade to a “B.” Last year’s middle school index score was 92.4.
Students were scored in the following four courses: English Language Arts; Math; Science/Biology; and Social Studies/History.
The state’s female students performed better in almost all of the categories than male students, mirroring Horry County’s trend. Male middle and high school students in Horry scored just 0.01 worse than females in English, but were even in all other categories. Female high school students across the state scored 0.01 worse than male students in history.
Georgetown County Schools scored a “C” on the report card, meaning the district met state expectations. Elementary, middle and high schools in the district scored lower than the state average, with the lowest dip by high schools – Georgetown County high schools scored an 80.8 compared to the state average of 87.3.
Georgetown schools scored a 79.4 overall, which is just 0.06 points away from a “B.”
Male students followed the state trend and performed slightly worse overall than female students, though high school boys scored better in history. Graduation rates of disabled students in Georgetown were better than both the state average and Horry County students.
For the past three years, the state has used poverty data from the U.S. Census to predict the scores of each school. Many schools beat the predicted rating, including Early College High School, which scored an “A.” Early College was predicted to score a “C.”
“There are some districts and schools that are knocking it out of the park,” said Mick Zais, S.C. Superintendent of Education, in a press release. “They have proven that a ZIP code should not determine a student’s destiny, and that poor children can learn.”
Ten South Carolina districts received a grade of “F,” while 11 districts scored an “A.”
The system used to calculate federal report cards was modified by the S.C. Department of Education in the spring and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Changes include using end of course test results from the current year – rather than the previous year – and merging special needs student scores with all the other scores, instead of making it into a separate category.
To see each district’s scores in detail, visit http://ed.sc.gov/data/embargoed/esea/emesea235w813/2014/.