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Education: District earns ‘Excellent’ on state report card

By Charles Swenson
Coastal Observer

The Georgetown County School District has received its first “Excellent” rating on the state’s annual report cards. The grade means the district “substantially exceeds” the standards for progress toward the state’s 2020 “performance vision.”

“This marks a milestone in reaching the goals for achievement set by the district,” said Patti Hammel, the district’s director of student performance.

The average graduation rate for the district rose to 86.1 percent from 83.8 percent. The state average is 75 percent.

District and school ratings are based on standardized test scores and other measures of academic achievement. The state vision is that all students will graduate with the knowledge and skills to compete in the global economy, participate in a democratic society and contribute to their families and communities.

The four Waccamaw Neck schools all received overall ratings of Excellent. The elementary, intermediate and middle schools also received Excellent ratings for growth. Waccamaw High had a Good growth rating.

Georgetown High was rated Exellent overall and in growth, the only other school in the county with the top rating. Pleasant Hill Elementary was Good overall. All the other district school were rated Average, meaning they meet the state progress standard.

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