Thursday, August 2, 2012
Greenville County exceeded the state's expectations under the new ESEA federal accountability system.
Greenville County School District received a grade of "B" under the new federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act accountability system. The district's overall grade of B¹ (point total or composite score was 88.3) means the district's performance exceeded the state's expectations. The state received an A (90). Here's a look at schools in our Patch area. Schools in Mauldin Patch Schools in Taylors-Wade Hampton Patch To see other schools, click here. Under the old system, the South Carolina Department of Education would report Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP) results for the districts and schools as "Met" or "Not Met." Now with this new federal accountability system, schools receive a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F. On July 19, the…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
South Carolina is among seven states to receive waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
South Carolina's request for flexibility from certain mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind Act has been approved. State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais submitted the request for flexibility in exchange for adopting a comprehensive reform plan that focuses on improving the state's accountability system. He said then that the "opportunity to request flexibility from parts of No Child Left Behind is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform education in South Carolina. Students, parents, and the public will know how schools are performing in a clear and easily understood system of letter grades." The U.S. Department of Education released a list today of the latest states to receive the waiver. Others on the approval list …
Sunday, March 25, 2012
State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais on the State’s recent request for flexibility from certain provisions of No Child Left Behind.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
By State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais Last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement highlighting a federal report showing South Carolina had lowered proficiency standards in English and mathematics faster than any other state in the nation between 2005 and 2009. While I disagree with many policies of the current Administration, on this point they are absolutely correct. Setting low expectations for students does not yield high levels of student learning. The core mission of any school focuses on student learning, and report cards provide parents with information in an easily understood format about their child’s learning. While parents hope for “A”s, they expect report cards to accurately and clearly …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
South Carolina among 26 states and the District of Columbia to request flexibility.
South Carolina is among 26 states plus the District of Columbia to apply for waivers under No Child Left Behind. State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais submitted the request Tuseday for flexibility from certain provisions of NCLB, which will allow the state to be free from some federal requirements in exchange for adopting a comprehensive reform plan that aims to improve the state's system of accountability. The waivers provide some relief from Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP, the yearly benchmarks used to document school improvement and progress toward the goal of getting schools to 100 percent proficient by the 2013-2014 school year. Read the request South Carolina submitted to the U.S. Department of Education here. “This …