South Carolina

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Governor:Nikki Haley
State Superintendent of Education:Mick Zais
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:725,838
Number of school districts:89
Number of public schools:1,214
Number of public school teachers:45,210
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,080
Percent minority students:46.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:54.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.8%
Percent of English-language learners:5.0%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:35.1%
8th grade math:30.8%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:28.2%
8th grade reading:29.3%

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A South Carolina school district hopes to replicate the initial success at a middle school, where test scores, student engagement, and teacher attendance have improved.
October 20, 2014 - Education Week
October 7, 2014 - AP
Though they usually have years to overhaul academic standards, states backing out of the common core will have to craft new ones under a tight time frame.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
In spite of being wary of excessive standardization, Dave Powell questions why elected officials are rejecting the common core.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Amid intense debate over the common core, 10 states have recently enacted laws that place new restrictions or specifications on how state boards of education adopt standards
June 23, 2014 - Education Week
The Republican governors of Oklahoma and South Carolina signed legislation in recent days that requires their states to develop new standards to replace the common core.
June 6, 2014 - Education Week
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley tells lawmakers that she intends to direct more resources to the state's neediest students and push to improve public school technology.
January 28, 2014 - Education Week
The South Carolina education department is beginning to apply the state's certification regulations to teachers of online courses.
January 14, 2013 - McClatchy-Tribune

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