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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After the violent arrest of an uncooperative South Carolina student, advocates want changes to statutes they say allow students to be arrested for offenses that may not be a crime off school grounds.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2016 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 7, 2016 – Quality Counts
The civil disobedience displayed by an activist in removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol last month should serve as a "battle call" for educators, writes professor Jon N. Hale.
July 16, 2015 – Education Week
Students with poor online access at home find themselves at a disadvantage in today’s digital education world.
June 11, 2015 – Education Week
This Diplomas Count 2015 State Graduation Brief contains state-specific data on high school completion and includes a special focus on students with disabilities. The information is presented in a series of charts and graphs, and includes comparisons to national averages.
June 4, 2015 – Education Week

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