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State Department of Education releases district and school report cards

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More of South Carolina's public schools and districts received "Excellent" ratings for their school report cards, as test scores and the graduation rate have improved, that's according to the South Carolina Department of Education.

Today the South Carolina Department of Education released data showing that 50 of the state's 82 districts achieved the top two ratings of "excellent" or "good" on 2013 state report cards, that compares to 42 districts last year.

The on-time graduation rate improved to 77-point-5 percent, up 2-point-6 percentage points. According to the State Department of Education, the top tiers showed only slight improvement when broken down by schools. Five additional schools received an "excellent," while two fewer schools rated "good." In the bottom tier, 14 schools are no longer considered "at risk."

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais issued this statement, ""I am so proud of the great progress that our schools have made in increasing our graduation rates," said Dr. Zais. "Teachers, students, and parents have worked together all year long and earned these gains. Let's congratulate them and continue doing our best working as one team to move South Carolina forward. "

In Charleston County School District, spokesman Jason Sakran says,"The Charleston County School District made tremendous gains. Burke High School has made a significant progress this year. The school is organizing a pep rally to celebrate this remarkable progress. In 2012, Burke had a "At-Risk" Absolute Rating and "Average" Growth Rating. Today's report card revealed that Burke moved to an "Average" Absolute Rating and an "Excellent" Growth Rating. These are remarkable gains. Coupled with this progress -- Burke saw a large jump in its graduation rate."

Pat Raynor, spokesperson for Dorchester School District Two says the district has earned an absolute rating of "Excellent" and a growth rating of "Excellent" on the 2013 state report card released by the State Department of Education. Dorchester School District Two had a significant increase in the overall graduation rate with an 80.7, an increase of 4.2 percentage points over last year. All three high schools had increases over last year's graduation rates

Superintendent Joe Pye says, "We are pleased that our schools continue to make gains through increased rigor in every classroom. The performance gap is narrowing across the district as most all schools saw increases in student achievement. We are particularly pleased with the significant gains in our high schools and the large increase in the graduation rate of 4.2%. This indicates that Dorchester School District Two is well on the way to being a world class school system."

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