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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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Testing, teacher evaluations, and A-F grading systems are among the issues as states apply for renewal of flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
A program that pays for nurses and trained workers to make home visits, intended to change the health and educational trajectories of some of the most vulnerable families, will sunset in March unless Congress acts.
February 3, 2015 - Education Week
This Quality Counts 2015 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 2, 2015 - Quality Counts
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
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

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