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State Report Card Shows Local Improvement

The S.C. Department of Education has released report cards, and some of Colleton County’s data is showing improvement from the prior year.

The report card is for the 2016-2017 school year. Based on information from the state, Colleton County’s most recently-recorded high school student graduation rate is 86.5 percent. This is up slightly from 85.2 percent in 2016.

In 2015, Colleton’s graduation rate was 80.3 percent.

According to information released last week by the state, the number of high school graduates in Colleton County who are pursuing education after high school is below the state average: only 66.4 percent of students from the local 2016 graduating class pursued a two- or four-year college.

The state average is 70.8 percent.

Other categories involving student consequences or behaviors are down from last year. This is a positive stance for the district.

According to the latest reports, the number of students who dropped out of school in Colleton County is down this year to 2.7 percent, as compared to 3.3 percent last year.

State statistics also show that 15.6 percent of Colleton’s students are enrolled in a gifted or talented program, which is up from last year’s 14.5 percent.

In addition to ratings, Colleton’s finances are also increasing. The average administrator’s salary in the district is now $66,996 per year. In 2016, this was $64,239for administrators. The average teacher salary in Colleton is also rising: teachers this year are making an average of $44,549, as compared to $44,008 in 2016.

However, more Colleton County students are labeled as living in poverty: according to the state’s latest report card, 81.3 percent of students in Colleton County are in poverty, which is up from 80.7 percent in 2016.

Colleton cannot be accurately compared to surrounding districts because of the size differences of the schools and the number of employed teachers. Dorchester 2 School District, for instance, has nearly four times the number of students as Colleton, while neighboring Hampton and Allendale County School Districts have nearly half of the students enrolled in Colleton County.

The district’s entire latest report card is available for the public to view. It can be found at www.ed.sc.gov/data or by following a link to the report cards from the local school district Web site, at www.colletonsd.org.

Colleton County School

District Snapshot
• The county has 5,804 students
• An estimated $9,644 is spent on each child in Colleton County, compared to $9,109 in 2016.
• Colleton County has nine schools
• There are 376 teachers employed within the district
• The district has a 24-1 teacher-to-student ratio, compared to 30-1 in 2016.

Heather Walters (1410 Posts)