South Carolina's public schools and districts are gaining little ground in improving academic performance, according to 2009 annual school report cards.
While considered a baseline year, in part because of the PASS test given for the first time last year, State Education Superintendent Jim Rex still called 2009 S.C. School Report Cards results "sobering."
"These scores are either stagnating or, in some cases, dropping, which might be the canary in the coal mine right now if we don't address some of these needs right now," Rex said.
"Right now, I fear we are losing some of the momentum we had in the past," he added, noting He noted persistent generational poverty and families in crisis because of the recession as working against improvement.
The annual report cards grade schools and districts based on standardized test scores, graduation rates and other educational data. Schools and districts receive "excellent," "good," "average," "below average" or "at risk" ratings.