Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Greenville County Schools earned a letter grade of B on the 2013 ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) federal accountability rating system, the same grade as in 2012.

Seventy schools (83.3%) earned grades of A or B.  Fourteen schools’ letter grades increased, 46 remained the same, and 23 decreased.

The federal accountability system awards letter grades to schools and school districts based on student achievement in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and high school graduation rates.  Schools can have up to 77 objectives on which they are graded.

Each year, federal accountability standards increase by five points for elementary schools and four points for middle schools.  High school standards increase annually in each of three areas:   HSAP (high school exit exam) requirements by three points, End of Course exams by one point, and graduation rates by one point.  It is possible for a school to receive the same or a lower grade with more students meeting state standards on PASS and for high schools with more students passing the high school exit exam.

ESEA grades are calculated at the elementary and middle levels using data from Spring 2013 PASS ELA, math, science, and social studies, as well as percent tested on Spring 2013 PASS ELA and math.  For high schools, ESEA grades area calculated using data from Spring 2013 HSAP ELA and math (first attempt only), percent tested on Spring 2013 HSAP ELA and math, 2011-12 Biology I and U. S. History EOCEP, and 2011-12 graduation rate.

The letter grades used in the revised federal accountability system replaced AYP ratings of Met or Not Met.  This is the second year that letter grades have been issued.

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