South Carolina



State Governance

State Board of Education

The South Carolina state board of education consists of seventeen members, each serving a four-year term. Board members are appointed by the Legislature.

The state board has the authority over:

  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Oversees Authorization of Charter Schools

Governor

Henry McMaster (R)

Chief State School Officer

Molly Spearman

Elected by a partisan ballot

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 57.3%

English Language Learners: 5.4%

Served by IDEA: 13.3%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scores for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1996

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 66

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 27,191

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

South Carolina intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about South Carolina’s ESSA approach