Greenville County School District strives to improve SC report card results

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Education on Wednesday released state, district and school report cards for the 2020-2021 school year.

Schools in Greenville County have outperformed the state in several subjects, but district officials say they are unhappy with the results and are looking for ways to identify and improve learning gaps with plans for fill them at all academic levels.

Greenville County School District spokesperson Tim Waller said that while the district has exceeded state expectations overall in many areas, there is still work to be done as the scores overall were lower this year.

He argues that this is mainly linked to the pandemic and attributes the drops to an increase in hybrid and virtual days.

“I think our mission is that we have to continue to identify areas of weakness, areas where students need corrective action to catch up,” Waller said.

He added that it is not possible to compare the 2020-2021 school year to the 2019-2020 school year due to the nature of the pandemic. The pandemic has prompted the district to implement massive remediation efforts at what Waller calls unprecedented scale.

Waller said district leaders need to tackle challenges differently at all levels.

According to a press release from the school district, schools in Greenville County have outperformed the state in English language arts and SC Ready math.

In addition, students at Greenville County School had a higher pass rate on English I, Algebra I, Biology, US History, and Constitution exams, administered in some high school courses. . The district also outperformed the state in the number of students considered college and career ready and exceeded state test scores on the SC Ready and SCPASS exams.

“We have used the money from the CARES Act and other federal funds to hire everything from certified teachers to interventionists as we can,” he explained.

The district added reading and math interventionists for elementary school students and math and English interventionists in middle schools.

Greer Middle School had only 23.1% percent of students meeting or exceeding grade level expectations in math.

The county has also put more aid in high schools for credit recovery labs.

“To make sure they were getting courses that count toward their graduation,” Waller said.

At Hillcrest High School, only 43.4% of students achieved a C or higher in algebra.

But Waller said even with the extra money from the CARES Act funding, the district is struggling to find the help it needs to get students back on track.

“Maybe not at the numbers we were hoping for, but we’re doing it,” Waller added. He said the bottom line is that there is still a lot of room for improvement.

The press release adds that with additional funds from the CARES Act and the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the district has been able to provide students with content and credit recovery opportunities throughout its summer program.

Nearly 11,000 students have participated in summer education opportunities, the statement said. At the secondary level, 4,976 credits were recovered.

Additional funds from the CARES Act will be used for remediation efforts during the 2021-2022 school year. Schools in Greenville County will also offer summer courses in 2022.

For a full breakdown on state school and district report cards, click here.

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