Each year, the South Carolina Department of Education issues Report Cards to districts and schools as required by the Education Accountability Act of 1998. Districts and schools receive two ratings, one for absolute performance and one for growth rate. The five rating terms are Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and At-Risk.
Below are links to most recent school and district test scores.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a recognition that the education provided by a school meets acceptable levels of quality and that its graduates will be eligible to enroll in reputable institutions of higher learning.
What are accrediting agengies?
Accrediting agencies are organizations that establish operating standards for schools, determine the extent to which the standards are met, and publicly announce their findings.
Is my child's school accredited?
Parents often ask this question, and the answer is not always a simple yes or no. Multiple agencies can accredit schools, and even if a school has not obtained accreditation, parents should not necessarily be concerned.
The most well-known accrediting agency is AdvancED, the parent organization of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). AdvancED has accredited over 30,000 public and private schools around the country, and parents can search them via the website http://advanc-ed.org/. As of September 2014, the following schools authorized by the SC Public Charter School District are accredited by AdvancED:
The process to obtain AdvancED accreditation is lengthy – up to three years – and requires extensive effort by school faculty. Therefore, charter schools often choose not to pursue this accreditation during the first few years of operation. Parents who enroll their children in newly-opened charter schools can expect the school to NOT be accredited by AdvancED yet. After the school has been operating for several years, then parents may want to ask the school whether it has begun the process to obtain this accreditation.
The other accrediting agency for SC public schools is the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), and a list of its accredited schools is available on the website http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/112/. This process is based largely on compliance with SC regulations, many of which charter schools are exempt from. For this reason, no charter school will appear on the list, yet the SCDE considers all charter schools to be accredited if they are in good standing with their sponsor. If parents have concerns regarding this status, they may contact the Office of Federal and State Accountability of the SCDE at 803-734-8118.
Regardless of accreditation status, all charter schools in South Carolina are public schools, and they are authorized to operate by a local district, the South Carolina Public Charter School District, or an Institute of Higher Education. Credits earned by students at a charter school must be accepted upon transfer to another public school. Charter high schools are authorized to award SC High School Diplomas, which will be recognized by colleges and universities.
The South Carolina Public Charter School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, or immigrant status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle the nondiscrimination policies. For questions pertaining to Section 504 contact the Director of Federal Programs and School Safety, questions pertaining to Title IX contact the Director of New School Development at 3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 201, Columbia, SC 29204, 803/734-8322.