The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) “exceeded the state’s expectations” in data released today by the SC State Department of Education.
“This is outstanding news, and I commend all of our students and staff,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “I am very proud of the performance of our schools; they set the bar high for student achievement and continue to meet these extraordinary goals.”
The data released today was part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) accountability data included in the state’s federal school report card. The district earned a B—a rating of 86.1 overall—and the third highest score for a Midlands district. KCSD ranked 19th out of 82 school districts statewide, and its score was seven-tenths of a point higher than the state average of 85.4.
Fifteen of the district’s 18 schools earned an A or B on their ESEA grades, indicating their performance exceeded or substantially exceeded the state’s expectations
Six schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Midway Elementary and Mt. Pisgah Elementary—were named Reward Schools for Performance as one of the state’s highest performing Title I schools for 2013-14. Mt. Pisgah Elementary was also named a Reward School for Progress, honoring it for being a Title I school that demonstrates the most substantial progress in either the “all students” group or in identified subgroups from one school year to the next.
Eight schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden High, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugofff-Elgin Middle, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Pine Tree Hill Elementary increased their ESEA scores from 2013.
Camden High School’s 22-point gain was the 6th highest increase of any Midlands school and advanced the school’s letter grade two levels. Mt. Pisgah Elementary, Pine Tree Hill Elementary and North Central High each increased a letter grade.
Four schools—Baron DeKalb Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary and Wateree Elementary—maintained their A grades from last school year. Other KCSD schools earning an A were Mt. Pisgah Elementary and North Central High. Only 44 schools in the Midlands earned an A.
Baron DeKalb Elementary’s score of 98.8 was the fifth highest score of any Midlands area school. Mt. Pisgah Elementary was only one-tenth of a point lower with a score of 98.7.
Four schools—Blaney Elementary, Camden Elementary, Camden Middle and Lugoff-Elgin Middle—maintained their B grades from last school year. Other KCSD schools earning a B were Bethune Elementary, Camden High, Midway Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin High and Pine Tree Hill Elementary. Only 53 schools in the Midlands earned a B.
Jackson, North Central Middle and Stover Middle earned a C which indicates that the school’s performance meets the state’s expectations. No KCSD school scored below a C.
Morgan said that KCSD’s positive marks on the federal accountability data follow recent good news with scores released for SAT, ACT and End-of-Course tests. “We continue to show strong academic performance,’ he said. “We have a lot to be proud of, but we will continue to strive for even greater results.”
This year’s report cards are based on how elementary- and middle-school students performed on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, and how high-school students performed on exit exam and end-of-course tests last spring.
Later this fall, the state will issue another report card to schools not tied to federal reporting.