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Education: Waccamaw schools get A grades on state standards

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

In a year when standards rose, Waccamaw High and Waccamaw Intermediate schools raised their grades to A’s on South Carolina’s measure of annual achievement. But wide swings in scores have some people questioning the process.

Last year, the state began a system of letter grades to measure progress toward education goals after receiving a waiver to the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. Before that, schools and districts received a “met” or “not met” report toward “adequate yearly progress.”

Waccamaw High and Waccamaw Intermediate got B’s last year, meaning they exceeded progress standards. This year they improved to an A, which means they “substantially exceeded” the standards.

Waccamaw Elementary slipped from an A to a B. Waccamaw Middle remained at a B.

Coastal Montessori Charter School, which opened a year ago in a vacant wing at Waccamaw Middle, received its first report: a B.

The high school grade is based on end-of-course exam scores and graduation rate. The other school results are based on scores on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards.

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