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Governor:Henry McMaster
State Superintendent of Education:Molly Spearman
Quality Counts state grade:C-
Pre-K-12 enrollment:756,523
Number of school districts:102
Number of public schools:1,269
Number of public school teachers:49,475
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,732
Percent minority students:47.9%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:55.7%
Percent of students with disabilities:13.1%
Percent of English-language learners:5.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:31.9%
8th grade math:26.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:29.3%
8th grade reading:30.0%

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Gifted education programs can support academically advanced students or, in some cases, hold them back. Four studies presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting show how.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
With an intensive blend of academic and social-emotional supports, the Higher Achievement after-school program is helping middle schoolers in under-resourced communities land a spot in top public and private high schools near their homes.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
School board members and parents are looking for answers after a 5th grader died from injuries suffered in a fight at a South Carolina elementary school.
March 28, 2019 – AP
In the South Carolina high school named for the state's best-known senator and segregationist, a majority of students are African-American.
January 23, 2019 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
More than half of the 13 elected state superintendent spots are up for grabs this year, even as South Carolina voters weigh making the job an appointed one.
October 10, 2018 – Education Week
Fixing shattered windows, flooded classrooms, and caved-in roofs while not losing sight of Hurricane Florence’s steep human toll is a major challenge for superintendents and other school leaders in North and South Carolina communities hit hard by the storm.
September 26, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
If confirmed to be U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' right-hand man, former South Carolina schools chief Mick Zais would share her support for school choice and a slimmer federal footprint in K-12.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week

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