Public school systems in Aiken and Edgefield counties showed some improvement in their ratings in 2012, according to the South Carolina Department of Education’s state and district report cards released Tuesday.
Absolute ratings measure schools’ effectiveness based on student achievement on standards-based assessments, such as the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards, end-of-course assessments, the High School Assessment Program and the graduation rate. Growth ratings compare schools’ performances to the previous year.
For 2012, Aiken County maintained an “average absolute rating” and improved its “growth rating” from below average to average.
Edgefield County improved its absolute rating from at-risk to average and its growth rating from below average to average.
Sixteen Aiken County elementary schools maintained their absolute ratings. Of those, three were excellent, 11 were average, one was good and one was below average.
Seven elementary schools improved their growth rating, four declined and 10 maintained last year’s rating.
Of North Augusta’s elementary schools, Hammond Hill Elementary maintained an excellent absolute rating, North Augusta Elementary maintained a good absolute rating, Mossy Creek Elementary maintained an average absolute rating and Belvedere Elementary improved from average to good absolute rating.
At the middle school level, 12 Aiken county schools maintained their absolute ratings. Most were rated average.
Paul Knox Middle maintained average absolute and growth ratings, and North Augusta Middle maintained an excellent rating in absolute and growth ratings.
North Augusta High School demonstrated the biggest improvement in the area, rising from average to excellent in the absolute rating and from at-risk to excellent in its growth rating.
In Edgefield County, Fox Creek High School maintained an absolute rating of excellent for three consecutive years and maintained a good growth rating.
Merriwether Elementary kept its good absolute and growth ratings. Merriwether Middle School maintained average absolute and growth ratings.
The report shows the graduation rate across the state is 74.9 percent, one percentage point higher than last year. Each school and district report card is available in detail at ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/2012.