South Carolina Earns a C-Minus on State Report Card, Ranks 42nd in Nation
An Education Week State Highlight Report
The 22nd annual edition of Quality Counts continues Education Week’s long-standing tradition of grading the states on their performance. A state’s overall grade is the average of its scores on the three separate indices tracked by the report.
This year, South Carolina finishes 42nd among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with an overall score of 70.3 out of 100 points and a grade of C-minus. The nation as a whole posts a grade of C.
Diving into the findings for the three graded indices, South Carolina earns a C in the Chance-for-Success category and ranks 38th. The average state earns a C-plus. In School Finance, South Carolina receives a C-minus and ranks 29th. For the K-12 Achievement Index, last updated in the 2016 report, it finishes 46th with a grade of D. The average state earns grades of C and C-minus in School Finance and K-12 Achievement, respectively.
South Carolina’s 2018 Highlights Report includes summarized results based on each of the nearly-40 indicators that make up Quality Counts’ overall grading rubric.
The school finance analysis examines two critical aspects of school spending. Of the eight indicators in this category, four assess school spending patterns, while the remaining metrics gauge equity in the distribution of funding across the districts within each state.
Across the spending indicators, South Carolina finishes with an F compared with a national average of D-minus. South Carolina ranks 26th in the nation in this area.
On the equity measures, South Carolina receives a B, which places it 39th in the national rankings. The nation as a whole earns a B.
Vol. 37, Issue 17