South Carolina

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Governor:Nikki Haley
State Superintendent of Education:Molly Spearman
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:745,657
Number of school districts:88
Number of public schools:1,243
Number of public school teachers:48,151
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,514
Percent minority students:47.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:57.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.3%
Percent of English-language learners:5.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:36.0%
8th grade math:25.7%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:33.5%
8th grade reading:27.8%

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The Legislature must report back to the state Supreme Court next summer on its progress complying with the justices' 2014 order to fix South Carolina's education system.
September 21, 2016 – AP
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