The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) earned an “Excellent” Absolute rating on state report cards issued today by the South Carolina Department of Education.
“This is wonderful, especially when coupled with our recent news of a ‘B’ on our federal ESEA rating,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan. “This is a tremendous return on the dollar. Our schools are producing outstanding results, and I am extremely grateful to the hard work of our students, families, teachers and administrators.”
Ratings formulas based on student achievement levels are set by the Education Oversight Committee, created by the General Assembly to guide implementation of South Carolina’s Education Accountability Act of 1998. Districts and schools receive Absolute ratings—Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average or At-Risk—that compare individual student test scores compared to a target level of performance.
Growth ratings use the same categories and measure test scores from one year to the next. The district received a “Good” rating on its Growth rating.
When comparing Midlands districts’ state and federal ratings, KCSD’s “Excellent” Absolute rating and “Good” Growth ratings are the highest in the region, with its federal ESEA rating only slightly below Lexington/Richland 5 and Lexington 1.
All of the KCSD school Absolute ratings issued were Average or above. Eight schools—ATEC, Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin Middle, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Wateree Elementary—earned Excellent Absolute ratings and five schools—Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden High, Lugoff-Elgin High and Stover Middle—received Good Absolute ratings. Bethune Elementary, Camden Middle, Jackson, Midway Elementary, North Central Middle and Pine Tree Hill Elementary and earned Average Absolute ratings.
Five schools—ATEC, Camden Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and North Central High—received Excellent Growth ratings.
Four schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and Lugoff-Elgin Middle—improved their Absolute ratings while six schools—ATEC, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Wateree Elementary—improved their Growth ratings.
Title I schools also receive accountability indicators. Five local Title I schools were named Reward Schools for Performance for the third year in a row for being the highest performing Title I schools in the state. These include Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Midway Elementary and Mt. Pisgah Elementary. Doby’s Mill Elementary also earned Reward status this year.
In addition, Mt. Pisgah Elementary was named a Reward School for Progress because it demonstrated “the most substantial progress in either the ‘all students’ group or in identified subgroups from one school year to the next.”
KCSD had no Title I schools named as Priority Schools for being the lowest performing.