Richland Two received an Excellent Absolute rating and a Good Growth rating on the 2014 South
Carolina Education Oversight Committee State Report Card. This rating marks the third straight year Richland Two has received an Excellent Absolute rating. As reported on the state report card, the district’s graduation rate increased to 82.9 percent, which is 1.7 percent higher than last year and still above the state graduation average.
Fourteen schools and centers in the district received an excellent rating, including Polo Road Elementary that improved from an average to an excellent rating in just three years. Nine schools improved their absolute rating from 2013: Catawba Trail, Forest Lake, Joseph Keels, Lonnie B. Nelson, North Springs, Polo Road, Pontiac and Windsor elementary schools, and Blythewood Middle.
“These accomplishments reflect the hard work of our dedicated teachers and the outstanding teaching and learning happening in our schools. Our expectation is that everyone in the organization will make it their job to make each day is a good learning day for each student. That requires focusing on our students, providing support for the good work our teachers do, and maintaining an enriched learning environment at each of our schools,” said Superintendent Debbie Hamm.
Richland Two’s growth rating did move from excellent to good due to a drop in HSAP scores that mirrored a statewide trend during the last year of the HSAP administration.
This will be the final year of the state report card system as South Carolina transitions to a new accountability system. See the summary report.
The full state report card ratings can be found on the South Carolina Department of Education website using the following link: http://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/2014/.