Thursday, August 1, 2013
Dorchester District Two has earned a federal grade of ‘A’ as a top school district in South Carolina.
DD2 is one of 10 districts, (plus Felton Lab) to earn an ‘A’ from the feds, out of the 84 in South Carolina, under the No Child Left Behind mandate. The state Department of Education released HSAP and PASS scores and the federal district grades Thursday.
The district’s grade of 90.7 – A, outscored all the local districts as well as the state’s 83.8 average.
The Education Oversight Committee notes there have been significant declines across the state as well as increases for many schools.
However, the percentage of students statewide meeting or exceeding state standards went up from 2012 to 2013 according to PASS results.
DD2 scored better than the state for “Met Standard” in all subjects and all grades. Further, it scored better than other local districts – in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and upper Dorchester counties – for “met Standard” with the exception of three areas, Grade 4 science; Grade 5 math and social studies. It also scored as well as, or better than, similar districts using the Poverty Index as the comparison benchmark.
DD2 improved in 17 out of 26 areas and its decreases were less than three points.
Further, DD2 mirrors the state for the most part.
In the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) that students take after their second year in high school, DD2 earned a score of 93.5, as compared to the state average of 90.7, in English Language Arts and 87.8 in Math as compared to the state average of 83.5. The HSAP only tests ELA and Math.
DD2 had only 6.5 percent of students not meet the standard out of the 1,697 students tested in ELA and 12.2 percent out of 1,684 in math.
Since 2003-2004 DD2 has seen its scores rise.
These scores have been studied, analyzed and formulated in multiple incarnations by District Director of Assessment and Accountability Debi Gilliam and District Testing Coordinator Camilla Lovell.
These scores and all the accompanying data allow principals to know in detail where their focus should be, they concurred. Further, each school and teacher gets data for every student so individual students can get extra support in the specific areas he or she needs.
“Our middle schools are getting better each year,” said Superintendent of Schools Joe Pye. “The students coming up are getting better thanks to the initiatives we have put in place over the past few years. We can see the results as our children move through the system.”
The state “report card” is released November 1. Last year, DD2 earned an “excellent.”