York County school districts among state leaders on federal report card

Two of South Carolina’s 11 “A”-rated schools on this year’s federal report card are from York County.

Clover and Fort Mill schools rated higher than the state average, while almost all area school districts were given at least a “C,” meaning they met or exceeded state expectations for performance.

Mick Zais, state superintendent of education, said in a statement released Monday that schools such as Clover and Fort Mill “serve as examples of education excellence for the rest of our state.”

Zais commended schools on improvements on South Carolina’s federal report card, which was made public early Tuesday.

“We’re making progress and heading in the right direction in our elementary and high schools,” Zais said. “There are some districts and schools that are knocking it out of the park.”

Zais said he was concerned about the state’s middle schools, which, on average, scored notably lower than the elementary and high schools.

Several local schools were named to special lists, including 11 from Chester County, Lancaster County, Clover, Rock Hill and York that were among the top-performing Title I schools in the state. Two schools in Chester – Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry and Great Falls Elementary School – were named “Reward Schools for Progress.”

Two Title I schools – Northside and Oakdale elementary schools in Rock Hill – were named “Focus Schools,” meaning they had large achievement gaps among subgroups.

No local schools were named to the “Priority Schools” list, which includes the lowest-performing Title I schools statewide.

Students were scored in the following four courses: English language arts, math, science/biology and social studies/history.