COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced on Tuesday that the release of new school report cards has been postponed.
Originally scheduled to be released Thursday, the cards were found to have errors in critical data files used to measure school quality.
“Yesterday afternoon, we learned of errors in critical data files claimed to be accurate by a vendor, AdvancED. This data is used to measure school quality, one of the indicators that makes up our school rating system, ” Spearman said in a press release. “These inaccuracies cannot be remedied in time for the scheduled release and those at fault will be held responsible.”
Spearmen went on to say, “Parents, students, and communities deserve to have reliable and accurate information about the performance and characteristics of their school systems. The decision to postpone the release of the report cards is not one that I make lightly but it is in the best interests of preserving the integrity and transparency of our accountability system.”
For now, the South Carolina Department of Education has tentatively set Thursday, November 29th as the new public release date.
Leaders say they plan to communicate with parents, schools, and communities as changes and updates are made.