More South Carolina elementary and middle schools earned passing report card grades in 2010 than they did last year despite spikes in poverty and cuts to budgets and staff.
Of the state’s 967 primary, elementary and middle schools, 791 earned grades of Satisfactory or better on annual state report cards issued today — a 35-school improvement over last year.
The number of schools rated Excellent or Good improved by 55 schools, while 27 fewer schools rated Below Average or At-risk. Scores are based on standardized test scores and other educational data.
Sixty-eight state schools improved at least one grade level — with 22 in Lexington, Richland and Kershaw counties. Among local districts, Lexington-Richland 5 had the most Excellent schools, with 12 of 16 rated earning top marks.
Ratings for high schools are expected in early 2011.