Scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) ended a six-year free fall in South Carolina this year … but they’re still not moving in the right direction.
Students at government-run schools in South Carolina scored 479 on critical reading (up two points from last year), 484 on math (down three points) and 460 in writing (up two points). Add it all up and you’ve got a 1,423 score (out of 2400) – or a one-point (0.07 percent) increase from 2012.
Of course we did attend public schools in the Palmetto State so you’d be wise to check our math …
Nationally scores were unchanged – 496 for critical reading (17 points higher than South Carolina), 514 for math (30 points higher than South Carolina) and 488 for writing (28 points higher than South Carolina).
Worth pointing out? South Carolina’s free fall stopped just as state lawmakers decided to level off record spending increases – holding the annual per pupil cost to roughly $12,000 per child in the most recent state budget. Meanwhile religious schools in South Carolina – where average tuition is around $4,000 a year – scored well above the national average in all three categories.
Also worth pointing out? These figures do not include the thousands of children who drop out of school each year in South Carolina.
According to the 2013 Diplomas Count study, only 61.5 percent of public school students in the Palmetto State graduate from high school – compared to the national average of 74.7 percent.
That ranks South Carolina next-to-last in the entire nation …
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – an aggressive supporter of expanded parental choice during her tenure in the state legislature – has done literally nothing on the education issue since becoming governor in 2010.