• Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dorchester School District Two has earned an absolute rating of “Excellent” on the 2012 state report card released by the State Department of Education and the Education Oversight Committee on November 13th.  This is the twelfth annual release of the state report card for all public schools and school districts in South Carolina.  Out of the state’s eighty-four districts, only twenty-seven districts earned an absolute rating of “Excellent.”  Dorchester School District Two was the only Lowcountry district to receive this top rating.  
Seventeen of the district’s twenty-one schools earned an absolute rating of “Excellent” and the other four schools had a rating of “Good.”  
Debi Gilliam, director of assessment and accountability, noted that none of the district schools went down in their absolute ratings from last year. Eighteen schools earned an “Excellent” in the growth ratings and three schools had a “Good” growth rating. The district earned a “Good” in the growth rating.  Other highlights from this year’s report card include:
• Sixteen of the twenty-one schools earned an “Excellent” in both the absolute and in growth ratings
• All three high schools had an “Excellent” in both the absolute and the growth ratings
• Rollings Middle School of the Arts ranks third among the state middle schools in the absolute rating index
• Rollings Middle School of the Arts ranks sixth and Oakbrook Middle School ranks fifteenth among the state middle schools in the growth ratings  
• All schools but one increased their absolute index

The State Department of Education also released the 2012 graduation rate for the state’s high schools.
Dorchester School District Two’s overall graduation rate was 76.5, an increase of 2.1 percentage points over last year’s rate. The 2012 graduation rates of the three high schools were:  Ashley Ridge High, 81.6; Fort Dorchester High, 78.6; and Summerville High, 72.1.

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