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Florence 1 Schools performs well on SCDE school report cards

Florence 1 Schools performs well on SCDE school report cards

According to recent data released by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), ten schools in Florence 1 received a rating of Excellent or Good on their school report cards. New state standardized assessment data also shows that Florence 1 had greater student growth rates than many of the top achieving districts in the state as well as the state average.

Briggs Elementary, Delmae Elementary, Lucy T. Davis Elementary, Royall Elementary, and John W. Moore Middle School all received a rating of Excellent; McLaurin Elementary, Savannah Grove Elementary, Timrod Elementary, South Florence High School and West Florence High School received a rating of Good. Savannah Grove was just one point away from an Excellent rating while Timrod was three points away.  

Michelle Wynn, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, said that she is proud of the dedication and work reflected on the school report cards.

“Our elementary school principals and their staff worked incredibly hard for the 2022-2023 school year,” Wynn said. “The latest report cards show that they have made great progress in student achievement and student progress, preparing them for middle school, high school and beyond. I am very proud to see that we no longer have any elementary schools rated Unsatisfactory or Below Average and that the list of schools achieving Excellent and Good is increasing in our district.”

Delmae, Lucy T. and Royall all maintained an Excellent rating from their last report card while Briggs and Moore both moved from Good to Excellent. Royall and Savannah Grove had the highest growth among the schools in Florence 1 with an increase of 16 points, earning a total of 82 points and 60 points, respectively, out of the possible 100 for the overall report card rating.

Brockington Elementary, Wallace Gregg Elementary and Theodore Lester Elementary improved by 14 points, 12 points and 10 points, respectively, to earn an Average rating on the newest report card compared to Below Average on the previous report card. All Florence 1 elementary schools were in the top three categories of school report card ratings.

Six of the seven secondary schools in the district were rated either Excellent, Good or Average. Moore improved their rating by nine points to earn an Excellent rating while South Florence improved their rating from Average to Good. Only one school in the district, Sneed Middle School, earned a Below Average rating.

In 2018, eleven of the schools in Florence 1 were rated Unsatisfactory or Below Average; only 2 schools were rated in the Excellent and Good categories. Overall on this report card, 9 schools increased their rating from last year and seven schools maintained their previous rating level.

SCREADY

From Spring 2022 to Spring 2023, Florence 1 saw growth in the percentage of students achieving Meets or Exceeds on the SCREADY assessments (English Language Arts and Math) at both the elementary and middle school levels.

In ELA, the average number of elementary students scoring meets or exceeds improved by 6.9 percent, while the average number of middle school students scoring meets or exceeds improved by 5.8 percent. In Math, there was a 5 percent improvement for elementary school students and middle school students improved by 2.2 percent.

Overall, the district improved 6.2 percent in ELA and 5.1 percent in Math for students scoring Meets or Exceeds. Savannah Grove, North Vista and Brockington all showed significant improvement in achievement in both the ELA and Math assessments. Third through eighth-grade students previously in Timmonsville also showed significant improvement this year, with a 10 percent increase in students scoring Meets or Exceeds in ELA. All student subgroups showed growth at greater rates than the state and are among the highest compared to the highest achieving districts in the state.

English Language Learners

In English Language Learner (ELL) proficiency, Florence 1 was ranked 4th in the state for the percentage of students meeting English language proficiency on the ACCESS assessment. Royall ranked eighth in the state for students meeting English language proficiency on the ACCESS assessment. The goal is for students to meet a growth benchmark each year in order to exit the program.

Grad Rate

For the third consecutive year, Florence 1 Schools’ graduation rate is above 90 percent. Florence 1’s graduation rate is 9 percent higher than the state average and is the fourth-highest graduation rate out of all the districts in the state. South Florence’s graduation rate is in the top 10 percent of all high schools in the state. One hundred percent of the seniors who joined Florence 1 Schools last year from Timmonsville, and remained in Florence 1 Schools, graduated.

Less than one point separates Florence 1 and the district directly above it in ranking; less than four points separates Florence 1 from the school district with the highest graduation rate in the state.

 

22-23

SFHS

95.7%

WFHS

94.3%

WHS

89.3%

District

93.3%

State

83.8%

 

Clover School District

96.6

Fort Mill School District

95.6

Anderson School District One

94.2

Florence 1 Schools

93.3

 

School Climate

In the school climate category on the state report cards Florence 1 scored well, rating higher than the state and several larger school districts such as Richland 2, Greenville County School District and Charleston County School District. School climate data is compiled from student and teacher surveys on safety, working conditions, instructional focus, and the social-physical environment of schools. Florence 1’s overall rating was 7.07 out of a possible 10, compared to the state’s 6.68; Florence 1 also saw more growth in its school climate score than the state.

Shemia Yearwood, Executive Director of Assessments and Accountability, said that the district is delving into all of the new data to see the areas where schools are doing well as well as identify the areas where they may need improvement.

“We have already started implementing plans to increase student achievement for 23-24,” Yearwood said. “It’s important for schools to assess where students measure for each indicator on the state report card throughout the year so that instruction and learning environments are adapted earlier on. We are meeting with principals to disaggregate each part of their 22-23 report card so that they can identify trends and increase areas of improvement to support our students better.”